Salmon ruling 'unanimous'
The Marlborough District Council's decision to oppose the King Salmon application was agreed without dissent by any councillor, councillor Peter Jerram said yesterday.
Mr Jerram, who chairs the sub-committee on the application to the Environmental Protection Authority on behalf of the wider council, said the decision to oppose the application and announce that publicly was made without a vote during an in-committee part of last week's council meeting.
King Salmon's chief executive Grant Rosewarne said on Wednesday that the company was "dismayed" and "astonished" the council intended to oppose its application to expand salmon farming in the Marlborough Sounds. He said it represented a 180 degree turn in promised support by the council.
Mr Jerram said the full council endorsed without dissent the environment committee's decision to set up a sub-committee of three councillors to handle the council's response to the EPA. That sub-committee comprising Mr Jerram, environment committee deputy chairman Trevor Hook, and planning committee chairman David Dew then spoke to the council during the public-excluded session, with Mayor Alistair Sowman in the chair, about their approach.
"There was no dissent whatsoever within the council. It was agreed that was the correct path to take ... there was no sudden change of heart from the council."
Mr Dew said the council's decision to submit the way the sub-committee recommended was unanimous. "I think all councillors are interested in sustainable development properly located. King Salmon have to prove that their applications are in fact that and council's role in this is to see that exactly that happens and nothing less than that."
- The Marlborough Express