Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


City makes last attempt to save speedway season

22 December 2004

City makes last attempt to save speedway season

Auckland City is supporting Springs Promotions in asking the Environment Court to enable racing to continue at Western Springs Speedway for the remainder of the season.

An application was lodged with the Environment Court by the speedway promotors late this afternoon.

Today’s meeting of the City, Springs Promotion and the Residents’ Association was cancelled.

“We are acutely aware of the residents’ concerns and have made every attempt to reach an agreement between all parties,” says Mayor Dick Hubbard.

“The City was hopeful that the meetings chaired by Deputy Mayor Hucker would reach an agreement to ensure quality events could continue within acceptable noise limits. Unfortunately this didn’t eventuate despite our best efforts,” he says.

“Council unanimously supports saving this community event and an approach to the Court is our only remaining alternative to save the speedway in the short-term,” he says.

This afternoon Springs Promotion asked the Environment Court to cancel or amend the interim enforcement order to enable racing to continue up to a level of 90 DbA for the remainder of the season. Springs Promotion has indicated that this is the lowest noise limit possible to run a successful event.

“This indicates that the promotors are willing to make their best endeavours to limit noise at the source in the middle of the track and to reduce the noise levels of particular cars,” says Deputy Mayor Dr Bruce Hucker.

“The future of Western Springs Speedway will now be determined by the Environment Court who are willing to consider this matter with the urgency it requires,” he says.

The speedway has been run at the Western Springs stadium for 76 years. The District Plan allows for a maximum of three practice sessions, 20 races, and six concerts in the stadium each year.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Veronika Meduna: The Kaikoura Rebuild

A Scoop Foundation Investigation

Friday will be a big day for people north of Kaikōura – and for hundreds of construction workers who are racing to reopen State Highway 1 in time for the holiday season.

By the afternoon, the South Island’s main transport corridor will be open to traffic again, more than a year after a magnitude 7.8 earthquake mangled bridges and tunnels, twisted rail tracks and buried sections of the road under massive landslides. More>>


BPS HYEFU WYSIWYG: Labour's Budget Plans, Families Package

“Today we are announcing the full details of the Government’s Families Package. This is paid for by rejecting National’s tax cuts and instead targeting spending at those who need it most. It will lift 88,000 children out of poverty by 2021." More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Defence Spending, Alabama, And Dolly Parton

The spending lavished on Defence projects to meet the risks that could maybe, possibly, theoretically face New Zealand in future is breath-taking, given how successive governments have been reluctant to spend even a fraction of those amounts on the nation’s actual social needs. More>>


Members' Bills: End Of Life Choice Bill Passes First Reading

The End of Life Choice Bill in the name of David Seymour has been sent to a select committee for consideration by 76 votes to 44. It is the third time Parliament has voted on the issue in recent decades and the first time such a Bill has made it over the first hurdle. More>>


State Sector: MPI Survives Defrag Of Portfolios

The Ministry for Primary Industries will not be split under the new government, but will instead serve as an overarching body for four portfolio-based entities focused on fisheries, forestry, biosecurity and food safety. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Vulnerable Kids, RNZ Funding, And Poppy

The decision to remove the word ‘vulnerable’ from the Ministry for Vulnerable Children could well mark a whole shift in approach to the care of children in need... More>>





Featured InfoPages