Coun­cil asks fur­ni­ture maker to re­lo­cate

Central Otago Mirror - - NEWS - By CHE BAKER

An Alexan­dra res­i­dent liv­ing in an area ef­fected by the noise of a fur­ni­ture build­ing busi­ness says the Cen­tral Otago Dis­trict Coun­cil have rightly done what they needed to for nearby res­i­dents by ask­ing to have the busi­ness re­lo­cated. Marcene Weir is a neigh­bour to Macs Macro­carpa Out­door Fur­ni­ture in El­lis Rd and said the noise from the busi­ness was of­ten ‘‘over­pow­er­ing your con­ver­sa­tions’’ and on days was con­stant from 7am to 10pm. Busi­ness own­ers Mal­colm and Jackie Bruce rented the prop­erty from Delta Util­ity Ser­vices as a sec­ond premises and it was used to build the fur­ni­ture the busi­ness sold. Miss Weir said the noise would of­ten run Mon­day to Sun­day, on pub­lic hol­i­days and in­cluded a Bob­cat op­er­at­ing at 10pm at night and she was thank­ful coun­cil plan­ning team leader Ann Rodgers had taken com­plaints she made about the noise se­ri­ously and acted on them. She ap­proached Mr Bruce af­ter an in­ci­dent where a worker had backed into her fence in a truck and part of the fence was pushed down. About a month af­ter the fence was dam­aged and no con­tact from Mr Bruce she was pre­par­ing to ask him when it was go­ing to be fixed when he al­legedly swore at her. Had Mr Bruce been less ‘‘ag­gres­sive of char­ac­ter’’ she be­lieved the

I think the busi­ness is amaz­ing. I don’t want to see it fail. It [the sit­u­a­tion] could have been de­fused

so eas­ily.

coun­cil would have been able to work with him about the noise is­sues and give him more sup­port, she said. ‘‘I think the busi­ness is amaz­ing. I don’t want to see it fail. It [the sit­u­a­tion] could have been de­fused so eas­ily,’’ she said. Mr Bruce ad­mit­ted he had not han­dled the par­tic­u­lar sit­u­a­tion as best as he could and the fence should have been fixed faster. He de­nied swear­ing at Ms Weir. How­ever, he still felt the coun­cil had let them down by not com­mu­ni­cat­ing about the prob­lems or sup­port­ing him to find an ap­pro­pri­ate premises and said the ex­pe­ri­ence has left him look­ing to in­vest in places other than Alexan­dra. Coun­cil chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Phil Mel­hopt said af­ter Mr Bruce hung up the phone on Ms Rodgers dur­ing a dis­cus­sion about noise com­plaints, op­tions of an al­ter­nate lo­ca­tion on the Delta site were ex­plored at her lead. ‘‘We are cer­tainly sup­port­ive of Mr Bruce find­ing an al­ter­na­tive site that can ac­com­mo­date the noise from the chain­saw mill,’’ Mr Mel­hopt said.

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