‘Exorbitant’ sites dumped by council
Motorhome visitors to Central Otago won’t be getting the $100,000 ‘‘rolls royce’’ dumping stations originally proposed.
The Cromwell and Alexandra community boards have binned a proposal to spend $100,000 each on a dump station for the towns, instead budgeting $40,000 for the facility after strong community opposition.
The community boards consideredmore than 50 submissions to the Central Otago draft annual plan on the dump stations during special meetings last week – many of whom who thought spending $100,000 apiece for two dump stations was ‘‘excessive’’, ‘‘exorbitant’’ and a figure ‘‘plucked out of thin air’’.
Submitters Murray and Bev Thompson said in their submission that while they agreed with the concept of installing public stations, they could not reconcile the figure.
‘‘That appears to be plucked out of thin air without any detailed investigation being carried out. We are aware that the New Zealand Motor Caravan Association offers subsidies for these public installations and this has been welcomed by many local authorities throughout New Zealand and unfortunately this is not mentioned in the plan.’’
New Zealand Motor Caravan Association (NZMCA) self-containment officer Gordon Murdoch said he was very concerned at the estimated cost of $100,000.
‘‘The NZMCA has provided well in excess of 100 dump stations throughout New Zealand. The majority of these installations have been at a minimal cost to the local ratepayers and often installed with voluntary labour by local NZMCA members.’’
High costs were usually attributable to seeking opinion from consultants and engineers who had no idea of what was really required, he said in his submission.
Cromwell Community Board chairman and deputy mayor Neil Gillespie said Cromwell already had five dump sites in town and further investigation was required to assess the suitability of the existing sites.
‘‘I think the big issue is accessibility.’’