Costly re­view dark­ens Christ­mas spir­its

Papakura Courier - - FRONT PAGE - IMO­GEN NEALE

The fu­ture of a pop­u­lar Christ­mas event hangs in the bal­ance fol­low­ing a costly re­source con­sent re­view.

Ear­lier this year, Auck­land Coun­cil ad­vised Karaka Lakes res­i­dent Shel­ley Burke that it was re­view­ing two re­source con­sents at­tached to the neigh­bour­hood’s an­nual Christ­mas light and sound event.

The con­sents are held un­der Burke’s name.

In a let­ter, the coun­cil says in­for­ma­tion given to it ’’con­tained in­ac­cu­ra­cies that ma­te­ri­ally in­flu­enced coun­cil’s de­ci­sion to grant con­sent and the ef­fects of the ex­er­cise of the con­sent are such that it is nec­es­sary to ap­ply more ap­pro­pri­ate con­di­tions’’.

It’s re­view­ing five con­di­tions of the free pub­lic event held near Corn­wall Place, in­clud­ing the du­ra­tion of ac­tiv­ity, hours of op­er­a­tion, traf­fic man­age­ment and noise.

Res­i­dents have run the night­time event since 2010. It at­tracts around 10,000 peo­ple over three weeks and has tra­di­tion­ally in­volved dec­o­rated houses, sleigh rides for chil­dren and a mu­si­cal light show be­tween 9pm and 10.30pm.

Crowds grew af­ter it was fea­tured on a live tele­vi­sion news show in 2013, while two years later lo­cals ral­lied to fund a $8000 Tu­rua Rise, Wawatai Drive, Corn­wall Place, Foun­tain Av­enue, Tre­carne Street, Thorn­ton Green and sec­tions of Hinau Road and An­chor­age Drive fall within the no­ti­fi­ca­tion zone.

In the past some res­i­dents have com­plained about noise, chil­dren walk­ing on the road, peo­ple uri­nat­ing on prop­er­ties, il­le­gal park­ing, dam­age to grass berms and street ven­dors.

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