Food­stuffs fights project

Central Leader - - NEWS - By TAO LIN

Gro­cery gi­ant Food­stuffs has lodged an ap­peal with the En­vi­ron­ment Court over Water­care’s cen­tral in­ter­cep­tor project.

The $950 mil­lion project will see much of Auck­land’s waste­water de­posited into the Manukau Har­bour.

A 13km un­der­ground pipe­line will take up to 2 mil­lion cu­bic me­tres of sewage and stormwa­ter to the Man­gere waste­water treat­ment plant ev­ery year.

Wa­ter will then be treated and re­leased into the Manukau Har­bour.

The cen­tral in­ter­cep­tor project was given the goa­head at the end of last year, de­spite fierce op­po­si­tion from com­mu­nity groups.

Food­stuffs North Is­land de­vel­op­ment man­ager An­gela Bull says the com­pany isn’t op­posed to the build­ing of the in­ter­cep­tor it­self but it does have con­cerns about pos­si­ble con­struc­tion con­se­quences for its Auck­land dis­tri­bu­tion cen­tre.

It’s wor­ried about traf­fic in­creases and noise as well as po­ten­tial flood­ing and land in­sta­bil­ity through dig­ging vi­bra­tions.

‘‘These is­sues could po­ten­tially im­pact the op­er­a­tions of our sup­port and distri- bu­tion cen­tre as one of the Water­care con­struc­tion zones is im­me­di­ately ad­ja­cent to our sup­port/dis­tri­bu­tion cen­tre at Roma Rd in Mt Roskill,’’ Ms Bull says.

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