Consent holds strict conditions

Last updated 05:00 30/04/2014

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Several conditions have been laid down in the granting of consent for the Spur Rd rock quarry.

O'Neill Earthworks has been granted resource consent allowing it to operate on Ben Johnson's Spur Rd property.

Quarries were a contentious issue in the Rosewill Valley district after residents complained of heavy vehicle use, dust and disruption because of Rooney Earthmoving's quarry.

Rooney's quarry had a Rolling Ridges Rd exit, and residents were upset after traffic increased from three trucks a day to 30.

However, the Timaru District Council granted O'Neill Earthworks consent as long as various conditions were met.

Those included limiting the amount of days the quarry could operate as well as the number of truck movements, providing for the containment of dust arising as a result of vehicles and work on the quarry.

There is to be a single entrance on Brockley Rd.

The consent states there will be truck movement to the quarry no more than 15 days each year, and up to three days a week. The quarry can be worked from 7am to 6pm Monday to Friday, and between 7am and 1pm on Saturdays. Work is not allowed on Sundays and public holidays.

Council required a log to be kept of all activity. It must be provided to the council every three months and on request.

O'Neill Earthworks said the quarry was not to run on a continual basis but on an as-required basis, up to three days a week.

Submitter Lyall Shearer's key concern was the use of the unsealed portion of the road as he was in the process of sub-dividing part of his land into six sections.

He believed the extra trucks might may generate further dust, impacting on his application. He was happy to help with the cost of sealing the road, to mitigate existing dust issues.

The consent stated there would be no more than two hours of rock cutting in any given week.

Appeals against the decision need to be submitted this week.

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- The Timaru Herald


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