Cleanfill hots up

Last updated 05:00 12/12/2013

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The fate of a cleanfill dump proposed for Kumeu will be considered on Monday at the Kumeu Community Centre.

The democracy services unit of Auckland Council is holding a hearing at the centre for three days and at Waimauku War Memorial hall on Thursday.

Independent commissioners will decide if they agree with the council which has given resource consent subject to 78 conditions for a cleanfill tip on Attwood Farm in Pioneer Lane, Kumeu.

Approval has been given to the Neill/Attwood Cleanfill Joint Venture subject to new or contrary evidence being presented.

Worrall Rd farmer Doug Thode is urging nor-west residents to attend the public meeting.

Mr Thode and neighbours are battling the proposed development near his Worrall Rd property at 61 Pioneer Lane. The site could take up to 370,000 cubic metres of cleanfill in 15 years, he says.

Opponents claim quality of life will be stripped and property values will plummet if the tip is approved.

The first day of the hearing will allow applicants Neill/Attwood Cleanfill Joint Venture to present its case to the independent commissioners.

They will be supported by expert witnesses covering issues including the environment, traffic safety, engineering, geotech, acoustic and landscape architecture.

The second day will see opposing submitters and those supporting the applicants present their evidence.

On Wednesday the barrister and planner and expert witnesses of those opposing the applicants will present to the commissioners, followed by submitters opposing the cleanfill applicants.

The Kumeu-Huapai Residents and Ratepayers Association will be represented by chairman Pete Sinton. The association earlier set up an audited bank account for donations towards the cost of opposing the cleanfill site.

The final day of the hearing is scheduled for the remaining submitters to speak, Mr Thode says.

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