Burwood dump plan angers

RACHEL YOUNG
Last updated 05:00 22/09/2012

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A Waitikiri Dr resident says her home is a "sacrificial lamb" to give reprieve to Tumara Park residents from disturbance from the Burwood Resource Recovery Park.

A resource consent to continue dumping earthquake rubble at the park until 2017 was granted on Wednesday.

Among the conditions of the consent was the "realignment" of Landfill Rd that will put the road closer to Waitikiri Dr.

The commissioner said this was to minimise the effects of noise from heavy trucks on houses that bordered the road. An acoustic barrier would be constructed.

Waitikiri Dr resident Chris Evans said the new route would be "right bang up against our fence".

"We're definitely the most affected. They're bringing it right over to our boundary line," she said.

"They've absolutely shafted us. I feel like we're the sacrificial lambs to shut up Tumara Park."

Burwood-Pegasus Community Board chairwoman Linda Stewart said she was disappointed in the commissioner's decision.

"The city plan has been overlooked. The community hasn't been considered at all. These people have been going through hell," she said.

Stewart felt the slight shift of Landfill Rd was a "Band-Aid" that offered some respite to Tumara Park residents but made the situation worse for those in Waitikiri Dr.

"The people on the other side had faith that the resource consent process would clear all this up," she said.

"They've been given nothing. In fact, they've been punished. The new contour on Landfill Rd will come much closer to Waitikiri Dr to alleviate the pressure on Tumara Park."

Tumara Park Residents' Association spokesman Luis Arevalo said he had hoped the commissioner would rule that a new access road would be established away from the houses in the area.

A community meeting will be held on October 15 at the Parklands Baptist Community Church to discuss the matter.

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