Night time ban aimed at bong smoking dubsters

NIGHT-TIME BAN: Scenes like this could be a thing of the past if the city council approves night-time restrictions on two Huntsbury Hill roads. PHOTO: Supplied

Night-time restrictions in suburban Huntsbury Hill to curb excessive noise, drug use and littering have taken another step towards becoming a reality.

Residents on Vista Pl and Roystone Way have been besieged by young drivers who park up at the scenic spots to socialise, listen to loud music and smoke cannabis.

On Friday, the Spreydon-Cashmere Community Board recommended to the city council that a ban on vehicles under 3500kg be put in place on the two roads between 10pm and 5am. The ban would not include vehicles owned by a resident or a “bona fide visitor”.

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Those caught parking there could be fined up to $750, with the ban enforced by police.

The city council will discuss the recommendation on November 9.

Board chairwoman Karolin Potter said the unanimous decision was a great step forward for the residents. “We don’t want to say this will definitely go ahead, but it is looking really good,” she told Southern View on Friday.

City councillors Tim Scandrett and Phil Clearwater were not at the meeting but Ms Potter said “they are on board”.

She said it was not about banning young people from enjoying the view and listening to music, but protecting residents from unwanted disturbances. “We would like to think there are places around the hills to park up, listen to music and enjoy the view, just where it is not disrupting residents,” she said.

The proposal comes after Southern View reported in June residents were fed up with youths congregating in vehicles on the scenic streets at night, playing loud music, smoking bongs, shouting and partying.

Two options were considered by the board: Install the restrictions, or do nothing.

Consultation on the proposal was carried out between August 9-25, and 62 people responded with 85 per cent in support of the restrictions.

One person did not support the idea, saying it would only move the problem to other parts of the city. Others said it was long overdue and applauded the restrictions.

It will cost about $2000 for the installation of signage and, if approved, the money will come from the city council’s traffic engineering fund, Ms Potter said.

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