Auckland Council’s proposed Freedom Camping in Vehicles Bylaw

Some people have sought guidance in dealing with this matter and understanding and completing the Council’s forms.

Therefore the following suggestions and information is simply supplied in the hope that it will assist any who wish to use it.

(a) Note that you can access forms from Council offices or libraries, or through the internet. (Auckland Council Proposed Freedom Camping in Vehicles Bylaw)

(b) You can respond on line or, using the forms, by Freepost.

(c) Quite apart from the forms, you can also write your personal views as a submission, and if you wish, include the forms with your written comments, or ignore the forms. It is useful to label whatever you send in as a submission, and to keep a copy.

(d) Submissions to the Council close on Monday 18 February.

THE FOLLOWING COMMENTS ARE INFORMED SUGGESTIONS ONLY AND IF YOU CHOOSE TO USE ANY OF THEM, THEN THAT’S AT YOUR DISCRETION. 

Unfortunately the Council forms are not numbered, so the following comments are using ‘virtual’ numbering.

PAGE 1:

‘YOUR CONTACT DETAILS’ (essential) and DEMOGRAPHICS  (optional).

PAGE 2:

Proposal 1  - “legacy bylaws” are simply those from the previous Councils.

Comment: Little confidence in Council managing freedom camping more pro-actively. No bylaws seem to have been actively managed or enforced. 

Suggest tick “Other”

Proposal 2  -  Comment: “Increasing the number of areas” for freedom campers will only encourage more campers and pressure.

Suggest tick  “Other”

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Proposal 3  - Comment:  Again this proposal depends on strong monitoring and enforcement. There is no actual plan, budget, or size of the enforcement group available. The only figure available seems to be for $70,000 for signage across the whole region.

Suggest  tick “Other.”

Proposal  4 -  Limit of 2 nights stay for campers on each of the designated parks.

Comment:  there should be NO freedom camping anywhere in Little Shoal Bay Reserve.

Suggest tick “Disagree, allow fewer than 2 nights – ie Zero.

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Proposal  5 -  Leaving time.  

Comment: Freedom camping should not be in “high use” areas. No matter where they are they should not be required to leave before 9.30am because that will add to our chronic congestion problems.  

Suggest tick “Disagree, other.”

OTHER PAGES:

Please ensure that you have a form headed:

Proposed Restricted, Non-Self-Contained Permitted Areas - Freedom Camping in Vehicles.

(This is what is proposed in LSB Reserve, for the area we call ‘Dudding Park’ which is the name of the sportsfield, and also for the carpark between the field and the Bowling Club. Small vans/cars etc with no toilets, showers, sinks, waste tanks etc. are to be allowed here. Council, it seems, will ignore the fact that both of these areas are flooding with greater frequency.)

Note, on that sheet you need to complete the top section with your:

Name

Map reference number : RN  NS 1 

Area name: Dudding Park/LSB Reserve, Kaipatiki L.B. Area.

Comments:

To first question suggest tick No, prohibit freedom camping in this area

Second question: suggest tick     O

Third question:  suggest tick      No camping in this area.

Sixth:    suggest tick                the THREE “YES” boxes

Seventh :suggest  tick              the TWO “YES” boxes.

The second form needed is:

Proposed Prohibited Areas  - Freedom Camping in Vehicles.

Please note the top section of this form also needs to be completed by you:

Map reference no.  NS 24

Area name: Little Shoal Bay Reserve, Maritime Tce, Kaipatiki L.B. Area.

Your name.

Comments:  REMEMBER, COUNCIL IS PROPOSING THAT CAMPING IN THIS AREA BE PROHIBITED, so hopefully you will support this Prohibition on Freedom Campers.

Question 1: Suggest tick   YES.

Question 2: Suggest tick    OFTEN

Question 3: Suggest tick   Say IT’S OFTEN FULL 

Question 4: Suggest tick the THREE “YES” boxes

Question 5: Suggest tick the  TWO “YES”  boxes

We hope that this has been of some assistance to you.

 

Let’s strive to keep ALL freedom camping out of this Reserve

PRESERVE THE RESERVE’

PLEASE SEND ANY QUERIES TO: littleshoalbaynz@gmail.com

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