Council proposal worries park owners

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The Oamaru Top 10 Holiday park owners are concerned that the proposed location of a new transfer station in Oamaru will be detrimental for their business by bringing vermin, foul odours and increased traffic, environment lawyer Jan Caunter says.

The Waitaki District Council passed a motion during a meeting in September to form a joint venture with Waste Management Limited (WML) to deliver waste services to the district when the Oamaru landfill closes in 2016.

This would include a transfer station, with the proposed location being near the current Waitaki Resource Recovery Park on Chelmer St.

Ms Caunter is representing Shayne and Tracy Kirk, the owners of the holiday park on Chelmer St. She said they were opposed to having the transfer station located near the Waitaki Resource Recovery Park because it could drive away business as a result of increased traffic, bad odours and the possibility of cats, rats and mice.

Waitaki District Council assets group manager Neil Jorgenson said the council was still in the early stages of the venture and had not considered a location yet.

While it had been proposed by the Waitaki Resource Recovery Trust that the current site on Chelmer St would be the optimal place to consider, the council wanted to focus on the management and governance of the ventureship before deciding where it would be situated, Mr Jorgensen said.

“We’ve just started the initial discussion with Waste Management and the Waitaki Resource Recovery Trust.

“One of the things to be discussed is where it’s going to be.”

He did, however, note that the council had been talking with the owners of the Top 10 Holiday park about their concerns and would also welcome public discussion.

WDC would have a period of public consultation at a later date and would let the community know what was happening along the way, Mr Jorgensen said.

“We will keep everybody informed.”

Mr Jorgensen said they would hopefully have a decision on the location later this year or early next year.

One advantage of having the transfer station at the proposed site was that the WRRT were already established there, he said.

The new joint ventureship would operate in much the same way as what was happening currently with the recovery park – members of the public would go to the facility, recycle what they could and the rest would go on to the transfer station (a larger one than there was now), he said.

The station would be in an enclosed building and waste would be loaded onto trucks and carted off to a landfill outside the district.

They had not looked at the possibility of increased vermin and odour, but they would discuss it, Mr Jorgensen said.

“It’s a relatively clean process.”

By RUBY HARFIELD