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City takes action to support speedway

MEDIA RELEASE
13 January 2005

City takes action to support speedway

Auckland City is taking action to help ensure Western Springs remains the home of speedway.

Auckland’s Mayor Dick Hubbard said today the city had this week agreed a change in its promotion agreement with Springs Promotions. A clause requiring the firm to comply with the city’s concept and district plans, which provide for an 85 dBA noise limit at the speedway’s boundary, had been changed to say the firm should comply with the Resource Management Act.

This would help Springs Promotions argue in court for its claim that it has an existing use right to exceed 85 dBA.

Mr Hubbard said today: “No-one should mistake the city’s clear intention to make sure the speedway stays where it belongs – at the Springs. We have a unanimous council resolution to explore every option to make sure that happens. That’s what we are doing.

“That also involves pushing on with other work to see what can be done to reduce noise going into the Springs’ neighbourhoods.

“We will get on with work to look at options like noise barriers and double glazing.
I’ve said all along there will be a middle way, a negotiated way. But, by whatever way, we will have speedway at the Springs long term,” Mr Hubbard said.

Auckland’s Deputy Mayor Dr Bruce Hucker, who has been helping to lead the effort to keep the speedway at the springs, said the city had started an extensive archive search of contracts with speedway promoters to see what noise limits had historically applied. So far this had revealed a 90 to 95 dBA boundary limit applied in the contracts in the 1980s.

Dr Hucker said a substantive hearing at the Environment Court was set down for 1 February. The city would present evidence at that.

No judge had yet been assigned or time hearing date set for a further court action, involving the promoters’ appeal to the High Court against an Environment Court ruling enforcing the 85 dBA limit.

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