Vandals delay Summit Rd opening

SARAH-JANE O'CONNOR
Last updated 17:51 20/02/2014
Summit Rd fence vandalism
Dean Kozanic

FENCE VANDALS: Cera is concerned about people cutting their way through the fence closing off a section of the Summit Road.

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Vandals repeatedly cutting holes in fences on Summit Rd are holding up the road's reopening, according to Cera staff who keep patching over the holes.

Two sections of Summit Rd are still closed because of rockfall risk - from Mt Pleasant Reserve to the Bridle Path Track, and from the Bridle Path to Bowenvale Park.

With rocks still falling on to the road, Cera operational security manager Brenden Winder said it was ''pretty apparent to anyone what the risks are''.

Winder said the Mt Pleasant side fence had been repaired ''a couple of times recently'' but it often took a while for Cera or Christchurch City Council staff to become aware of the hole and repair it.

He said people were behaving selfishly by breaching the fence and leaving it opens for others who might come afterward.

''It's risky behaviour. It's risky for the people doing it, but it also carries risk for people coming behind them.''

He said there were concerns a child or tourists, who did not understand the signage and risks, would get into trouble by going through the fence.

''Who's going to explain to their mums how they got killed?''

Cera did not think there was any particular group responsible, but Winder pointed out there were ''tonnes of places to go mountain biking in Christchurch''. Bikers and walkers had no need to cut through the fence, he said.

Warning signs had also been defaced, with the information about possible fines or imprisonment scratched out.

Winder said there was often broken glass on the road and road cones had been damaged and thrown over the road edge.

Winder said having to stop to repair the fence held up the necessary work to make the road safe to be reopened.

''They are not doing the community a service. They are making life more difficult for everyone.''

''We've done what we can. Now it's time for the people who are doing this to show some maturity and respect for what's going on up there.''

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