Trail fenc­ing plan views sought

Otago Daily Times - - REGIONS - ADAM BURNS [email protected]

PUB­LIC opin­ion is to be sought for fenc­ing plans for the pro­posed Lake Dun­stan Trail.

A hear­ing was held this week for an ap­pli­ca­tion from the Cen­tral Otago Queen­stown Trail Net­work Trust for land use con­sent for earth­works as­so­ci­ated with the trail, which will go from Ban­nock­burn to the Clyde Dam.

An up­date re­port on the trail was pre­sented to the Cromwell Com­mu­nity Board this week by trust ex­ec­u­tive trus­tee Janeen Wood.

The trust has pro­posed fenc­ing be built along ar­eas of the trail to re­strict ve­hi­cle ac­cess to some ar­eas of the lake­front. It is pro­posed the fence be a ‘‘seven­wire’’ fence.

But some board mem­bers ex­pressed con­cern over ac­cess to the lake be­ing too re­stric­tive.

Board chair­man Neil Gille­spie said he un­der­stood why the fenc­ing was pro­posed, but it could be an ex­treme move.

‘‘I’m con­vinced seven­wire fenc­ing would cause some con­ster­na­tion.’’

Ms Wood said the trust was talk­ing to other groups to gauge opin­ion.

‘‘We just wanted to en­gage with the com­mu­nity now and let them know we’re go­ing to have a world­class cy­cle­way around Cromwell.’’

The trust is hop­ing to have work un­der way around March next year.

Neil Gille­spie

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