Council asks furniture maker to relocate
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
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.