Town-country divide severs road
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