Letters to the editor
Perhaps the yachties and boaties would like New Zealand King Salmon to provide some mooring blocks ["Sea room worries", Express, September 24]?
Or is there something else they would like in the playground? I am interested in your thoughts.
MICHELLE M cLEAN
Near Dick Smith in Maxwell Rd, I was approached by a visiting couple searching in vain for the entrance to the movie theatre.
Once I had redirected them, I got to thinking is there a reason for the "Marlborough Movies, where everyone is a star" signage?
Is it false advertising on a building that was closed some years past?
Your articles about TrustPower ["Four property owners continue to block Wairau hydro scheme", Express, August 20] leave the impression that landowners are at fault for the delay in building their scheme.
I remind people of the facts of the case, rather than be wooed by the spin TrustPower is trying to put on it.
In spite of approximately 1400 submissions, with two-thirds opposed, substantial evidence and informed opinion against the scheme, the council-appointed commissioners approved it, deciding there would be less than minor environmental effects.
The Environment Court appeal considered whether the scheme would pass the two “gateway” tests set out in the RMA. The court substantially overturned the commissioners' decision on environmental effects, maintaining those effects to be largely more than minor, and therefore the application failed on that count.
The court then considered the second “gateway” test that required the application to be consistent with the district plan. They found it was, and therefore the scheme was approved on a “finely balanced” decision.
Throughout, everyone involved was well aware that TrustPower did not have total landowner consent and could not proceed until they did. Subsequent delays in building the scheme appeared in earlier press statements, given wide coverage by your paper and they clearly explained the reasons for delay. Four landowners have consistently said from day one they will not allow the scheme to proceed on their land. For TrustPower now to try to lay blame on those people alone for delaying the scheme is disingenuous.
For a private company to threaten landowners with “requiring authority” because they can't get their own way is despicable.
TrustPower appears quite unconcerned that they have lost 5000 customers in two years in Marlborough.
Any retailer should surely be concerned at that level of loss and look to its customers first.
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