‘Ex­or­bi­tant’ sites dumped by coun­cil

Central Otago Mirror - - CENTRAL NEWS - By JO McKEN­ZIE-McLEAN

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.’’

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