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Summit Road Access to Taylors MIstake Flying Site - Update

Another update to the Summit Road access situation.

Christchurch City Council are moving forward with works to progressively remove potential
rockfall sources above Summit Rd. Due to further works, the scheduled completion date
has been extended to 13 May 2012.
Traffic management will continue to close Summit Rd (Broadleaf Ln to Evans Pass Rd)
and Mt Pleasant Rd (Upper Major Hornbrook Rd and Summit Rd). The closure will be
implemented from 7am to 6pm Monday to Friday.
Adjacent walking paths and cycling tracks will also be closed. Daily signage will be posted
at trail heads to advise the public of our activities.
Please stay clear of this area due to the high risk of rockfall and associated work
environment involving drilling and explosives.
We aim to minimise any disruption to effected residents, users of Summit Rd and the
adjacent walking and mountain biking tracks.
We thank you in advance for your continued assistance.
Alex Schultz
Project Engineer

Further to last weeks information we have been informed that the Summit road will now be closed from the 12th of March to the 28th of April 7am to 6pm.

Unfortunately this is Monday to Saturday not Monday to Friday as previously thought.

Here is a works advice that club members may choose to print out and carry with them in case approached by Council Rangers etc. who may be unclear about the situation regarding road closures.

Note that the advice also states that Godley Head will be accessable via Scarbourgh Hill. I have spoken to the author of the letter and it is believed, but not absolutley confirmed that this will be vehicular and pedestrian access via the farm road that runs from Scarbourgh Hill up the ridge to take off. It is also unclear if this access will be 24hours or only when the Summit road is closed.

Any problems or concerns, feel free to get in touch with me.

Cheers,

Stuart Mackintosh

Paragliding Sites Officer,
Canterbury Hang Gliding and Paragliding Club

021 023 76651

Because of recent issues with access to Taylor's Mistake takeoff I have been in contact with the engineering company responsible for the stabilisation work above the Summit Road (Aurecon).

I have been informed that;

The summit road east from Mt Pleasant is currently officially open, and always has been.

(Note that Evans pass is officially CLOSED)

There has been a lot of confusion to date regarding the status of the road.
No doubt the current signage, cones and barriers have been a result of and further contribute to this confusion. It was thought that the road had been closed but no application had been lodged to close the road.

There is currently an application to close the road from Mt Pleasant to allow for stabilisation work. This had been hoped to start tomorrow (29/2/12) however as the application has not been processed yet it will be a later date.
When the work commences the road will be closed during working hours, weekdays. The road will be re-opened at the end of each workday (could be as late as 6-6:30pm) and remain open on weekends.
When the road is closed it will be very obvious and well barricaded, possibly manned at the closure. When the road is re-opened it will be free of these barricades and signs.
This work is likely to take 35-40 working days (but could be longer).

I have been told that today there has been a meeting on site involving the C.C.C. parks and the engineers about the pending closures.
In theory the information should be passed down to Park Rangers etc. and prevent any misunderstanding between the Rangers and pilots however we have requested an official communication that pilots can carry with them in case the information does not filter down to all those concerned, Rangers, Police etc.
This request has been passed on to the council from the Engineering company and we are waiting for a reply.
Further updates will be posted here. In the meantime the road is open until barriers completely close the road.

Note that Evans pass is officially CLOSED and should not be used.

Any problems or concerns, feel free to get in touch with me.

Cheers,

Stuart Mackintosh

Paragliding Sites Officer,
Canterbury Hang Gliding and Paragliding Club

021 023 76651

Works notice extended to 13 May 2012

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