Big bill looms for dump cleanup

RHONDA MARKBY
Last updated 05:00 08/02/2014
normanby dump
JOHN BISSET/ Fairfax NZ

HISTORIC PROBLEM: An old tip site at Normanby is likely to be cleaned up after a complaint to ECan.

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Timaru ratepayers are likely to foot the bill for cleaning up an old Normanby dump site.

The small site at the end of Ellis Rd was used as a dump by the former Levels County from the 1960s until the early 1980s, during which time the county was amalgamated into Strathallan County.

Waste was dumped there and a county bulldozer occasionally covered it. After the site was closed as a general dump, the area might have been used as a clean-fill site for a time. In 1989, Strathallan County joined the Timaru District Council

The site is located beside a wetland and borders the beach.

Environment Canterbury (ECan) received a complaint recently that there was coastal erosion at the site and some waste was evident along the coastline.

In a report to Tuesday's Timaru District Council district services committee meeting, waste minimisation manager Ruth Clarke said it was impractical and too costly to remove all the waste.

A draft guide for site remediation involved capping the surface and sides and strengthening the perimeter along the beach with a stone wall.

Design work was likely to cost about $4000 and the actual project work an extra $50,000, with the total costs, including legal and consulting fees, estimated at $55,000 to $75,000.

She said there were several approval processes with the Department of Conservation (DOC) and ECan that needed to be resolved.

Long-term ownership of the land also needed to be addressed.

She suggested the most economical solution was likely to be grassing and grazing the area.

There was also a complication with ownership of some of the land along the south and east sides. The consent of the landowner would probably be required before any work was done.

Ownership of the land had always been with DOC, but the former Levels County allowed the dumping, meaning responsibility for remediation lay with the Timaru District Council.

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- The Timaru Herald

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