Coun­cil says ‘work to­gether’

Central Leader - - NEWS - By JOE DAW­SON

Neigh­bours at war over a long­stand­ing drainage is­sue have been told to sort their prob­lems out them­selves.

But Hills­bor­ough man Phil Crumpe be­lieves re­spon­si­bil­ity for fix­ing the prob­lem lies with the Auck­land Coun­cil and he wants ac­tion.

Mr Crumpe says more than a decade ago the for­mer Auck­land City Coun­cil gave ap­proval for his neigh­bours to con­nect their stormwa­ter drain to what he says was a non-ex­is­tent pub­lic line.

He says he signed a con­sent form for this to go ahead be­fore learn­ing the pipe in ques­tion was not in the po­si­tion in­di­cated on the plans.

He says he is happy for the neigh­bours to go through his prop­erty to con­nect to the ac­tual pipe but wants $5000 in repa­ra­tion from them.

He wants the coun­cil to step in and en­force a no­tice to fix the stormwa­ter sit­u­a­tion which they is­sued in 2006.

He be­lieves that be­cause the orig­i­nal plans were wrong, the doc­u­ment he signed is null and void.

The neigh­bours de­clined to be in­ter­viewed but say they are un­sure why Mr Crumpe won’t let them have ac­cess when he signed a con­sent doc­u­ment al­low­ing them to con­nect to the pub­lic drain.

The coun­cil says it can­not in­ter­vene be­cause the two par­ties are in a dis­pute over the plans.

‘‘Mr Crumpe con­tacted Auck­land Coun­cil as stormwa­ter flows into his prop­erty from his neigh­bour’s site,’’ a coun­cil spokesman says.

‘‘There is a drainage ease­ment which al­lows Mr Crumpe’s neigh­bour to have ac­cess to his site to con­nect to the pub­lic stormwa­ter line for which Mr Crumpe has given writ­ten ap­proval.

‘‘As the ease­ment doc­u­ment is a le­gal doc­u­ment, this is now a civil is­sue be­tween the neigh­bours and the coun­cil can­not en­force any ac­tion.

‘‘Auck­land Coun­cil en­cour­ages neigh­bours to work to­gether to re­solve stormwa­ter is­sues.’’

The spokesman says it is not com­mon to ask for com­pen­sa­tion for stormwa­ter ac­cess through a prop­erty to the pub­lic sys­tem.

‘‘The coun­cil has the mech­a­nism un­der the Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Act to for­mally re­quire the ac­cess.’’

Mr Crumpe re­jects the coun­cil’s po­si­tion.

‘‘The coun­cil started it by sign­ing off a set of build­ing con­sents that were bla­tantly wrong,’’ he says.

‘‘They are ground zero of the prob­lem but they say it’s noth­ing to do with them.’’

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