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City delivers on V8 resource consent

City delivers on V8 resource consent

23 JULY 2008 Immediate release

The first report resulting from the review of the Hamilton 400 V8 event says all critical resource consent conditions were met and concludes that the maximum number of people attending the event next year may increase.

The first report from the independent chairman of the review board deals specifically with compliance conditions outlined in the resource consent.

The report covers a debrief with all event authorities such as emergency services and traffic control, numbers of people attending the event, a profile of attendees, a summary of complaints as they relate to the resource consent and feedback from the Frankton Community Liaison Group.

Additionally the report covers issues of noise, landscape mitigation and carbon emission monitoring.

Chairman Peter Stubbs says in his report that ticket sales show 172,522 people attended the Hamilton 400 event over three days.

“Early information from the economic impact study also shows that the average profile of event goers was more affluent than originally thought, with 33% of visitors to the city having a household income of over $100,000.”

The report also shows that all noise monitoring activities related to the event were complied with as were all resource consent conditions relating to noise, with the exception of three which were partially achieved. Only four individual complaints were made regarding noise during the event. Two related to racing noise, one to helicopter noise and one related to the testing of the PA prior to an evening concert.

Traffic management was also reviewed and includes details from Land Transport NZ crash records for the city over the weekend compared to the same weekend in 2007. Records show that only eight incidents were recorded in 2008 compared to 27 in 2007. The report concludes that “the maximum attendance number for 2009 should not exceed 80,000 persons on any given day”.

Hamilton 400 promoter Dean Calvert says that while it is extremely gratifying that the report confirms the city can cope with the scale of the event, there are many factors which must first be considered before growing the event to that level.

“While the resource consent review process gives us permission to increase ticket sales to a potential 80,000, we must first be confident that any attendance growth is absolutely in the best interests of event goers. There are a number of factors, most important of which is quality of viewing, that will influence this decision and we await the outcome of the second event review report to assist with that decision."

The second report will outline all other recommendations that come out of the review process that do not relate directly to existing resource consent conditions. The report will include issues such as economic impact, viewing issues, the involvement of Frankton community in the event area, the management of the entertainment zone in the central city, public concerts and other traffic management issues. The second report and economic impact report will be delivered to Council mid August.

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