Kart track $3.5 million move on hold

WAIT: Residents are disappointed after another delay has occurred with KartSport Canterbury's move to McLeans Island.

Residents are pleading with the city council to give the green light for the kart track in their neighbourhood to be able to move.

The resource consent for KartSport Canterbury’s $3.5 million move to McLeans Island was lodged in late October.

But the process is now on hold.

City council head of resource consents John Gibson said more information was needed from KartSport. He said more detail is required for numerous parts of the build such as traffic, noise and earthworks.

Kay Stieller, who lives next door to KartSport on Carrs Rd, hopes the move happens soon.

“As far as residents are concerned, we just want to get this thing sorted and we’re quite disappointed that there have been so many delays. It should have been done a couple of years ago,” she said.

KartSport did not respond to Western News for comment.

KartSport was established on Carrs Reserve in Halswell in the early 1960s.

Halswell Ward city councillor Anne Galloway said the club’s activities had become the source of a number of noise complaints from residents in the early 1990s.

She said the city council has been monitoring the club’s activities.

Ms Stieller said the land her house is on is under constraint until KartSport move – which means they’re unable to sell.

“At the moment, the whole South of Awatea is under constraint – which puts our lives on hold because we can’t do things with our properties which we should be entitled to,” she said.

Cr Galloway said the land is under constraint because measurements taken in the area show noise levels, which would be experienced by new residents, as unacceptable.

She said the track will become a district park.

“Relocating the track will free up residential land that could accommodate between 400 and 800 households,” Cr Galloway said.

When asked what her advice is to residents, Cr Galloway said “there is a process that the city council need to work through. It will take time but staff are working diligently on this matter.”

City council head of planning and strategic transport Richard Osborne said the proposed move has required a comprehensive consent application which has taken months to put together. “A lot of work also went into finding an alternative site that was suitable, and completing the South West Area Plan,” Mr Osborne said.

He said the city council will fund the $3.5 million move under their Long Term Plan.

“In addition, we are contributing up to a maximum of $100,000 towards the consenting costs,” Mr Osborne said.

Cr Galloway said if the resource consent is approved, and there are no appeals, construction of the new facility in McLeans Island should begin next year.

WAIT: Residents are disappointed after another delay has occurred with KartSport Canterbury’s move to McLeans Island.

Halswell Ward city councillor Anne Galloway