Town-coun­try di­vide sev­ers road

Central Otago Mirror - - FRONT PAGE - By JO MCKEN­ZIE-MCLEAN

Dis­grun­tled res­i­dents will not be wheel­ing their bins out to­day for the new fort­nightly collection ser­vice be­cause they live on the ‘‘wrong side of the road’’.

The Cen­tral Otago District Coun­cil’s new collection ser­vice started rolling out across the re­gion to 8000 house­holds last week.

The ser­vice has ex­tended to 430 more prop­er­ties with the new red wheelie bins now col­lected in Ban­nock­burn, Pisa Moor­ings and the lower sec­tion of Letts Gully Rd in Alexan­dra.

Some Ban­nock­burn Rd res­i­dents are reel­ing hav­ing been ex­cluded from qual­i­fy­ing for a coun­cil wheelie bin be­cause elected mem­bers had deemed their side of the road ‘‘ru­ral’’ while the op­po­site side was deemed ‘‘ur­ban.’’

In­fra­struc­ture ser­vices man­ager Jon Kings­ford said refuse collection was con­sid­ered an ‘‘ur­ban ser­vice’’ and af­ter con­sid­er­ing a ‘‘num­ber of dif­fer­ent as­pects’’ the ‘‘call was made in a work­shop of elected mem­bers’’ that the odd-num­bered side of the road was ur­ban while the other side was ru­ral.

‘‘We can­not please ev­ery­one all the time. At some point we have to draw a boundary.’’

Some ex­cluded res­i­dents are ques­tion­ing the logic of en­forc­ing a boundary on the same road.

Ban­nock­burn Rd res­i­dent Richard Wil­liams said he thought the ur­ban ver­sus ru­ral ar­gu­ment was ‘‘pa­thetic’’.

‘‘It’s bu­reau­cracy gone wrong — it’s so po­lit­i­cal and there is no com­mon­sense to it. We pay for our wa­ter so it seems weird you get charged for wa­ter and you are still sup­plied but they will not come and get your rubbish.’’

Wil­liams would have to con­tinue stock­pil­ing rubbish in bags which cost $3 each to dump at the trans­fer sta­tion, he said.

‘‘I just try to not make too much rubbish and I re­cy­cle what I can.

‘‘It’s just me liv­ing here so it’s not so bad, but if it was a big­ger fam­ily it would be way more ex­pen­sive— it does add up.’’

Res­i­dent Brett McLean said the

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