Burwood meeting fails to satisfy residents
Christchurch Earthquake 2011
Residents were left dissatisfied after a community meeting last night discussing the Burwood Resource Recovery Park.
Last month, a resource consent was granted to continue dumping earthquake rubble at the park until 2017.
A meeting was held last night at the Parklands Baptist Community Church to discuss the matter with residents who were fed up with noise and dust from the dump trucks.
Waitikiri Dr resident Chris Evans was left "unhappy and unsatisfied" after attending the meeting.
"They discussed some things but nothing that really helped us. It was all a show," she said.
Among the conditions of the consent signed in September was the "realignment" of Landfill Rd closer to Waitikiri Dr.
The commissioner said this was to minimise the effects of noise from heavy trucks on houses that bordered the road.
Suggested acoustic barriers would not solve noise and dust problems at the Evans' house, which would be "bang up against" the new road's entrance.
"They put on a show last night about what they intended to do, with barriers and things, but none of it well help us," Evans said.
"The houses further up might be feeling better that they have a suitable outcome, but on the map our house was within a big yellow spot which was where they hadn't worked out how to mitigate problems."
Burwood-Pegasus community board chairwoman Linda Stewart was left "furious" after the meeting.
"If they think they've got passive residents they are very wrong. They think the residents are willing to make sacrifices for the rebuild but they're not willing to do this," she said.
Stewart said she lived about one kilometre from the road and knew the affects of dust and noise first-hand. She thought the decision to move the road closer to Waitikiri Dr and mitigate noise and dust was a "band-aid solution".
"The only real solution is moving the road. Nothing else will work. At a meeting a fortnight ago they said they had done a feasibility study on the new road but last night they said they hadn't got the results when I asked. I asked them what they were going to do about covering the trucks, which is the law, but they just pussy-footed around it. It was ridiculous.
"They give you hope that there could be a new road, but it's not real. They say it's a possible idea but it's never going to happen. Why do they even bother asking residents what they want when they know they're not going to listen?"
Stewart said last night's meeting was "very controlled".
"We've been duped. They've just sold all the residents down the road."
- © Fairfax NZ News
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