Protestors vow to fight
council and she felt there should be community consultation. ’’This was preventable and TCDC had to pass it to another commissioner because they were unable to make a decision,’’ she said.
‘‘I find it really bizarre that an independent commissioner can be employed and come up with a decision and yet that can be appealed and another independent commissioner comes up with the complete opposite decision. There’s something wrong with the process.’’
However, the group agreed that a crematorium was needed in Thames and was working toward having a crematorium in the area, she said.
‘‘We know that the town does need one but we just think it’s inappropriate for it to be placed in amongst businesses and residences.’’
Catran wants to install an American Model A 250-WH cremator that he says emits no smoke or particulates into the atmosphere.
‘‘The modern cremators are clean burning, with no visible particulate or clouds of black smoke as some predicted and they are currently the most environmentally friendly way of treating a family’s deceased loved one,’’ he said.
A council spokesperson said council would not be commenting on the decision.
Council had received a decision on the objection from an independent commissioner that a certificate can be issued for the proposed crematorium as a permitted activity that may be carried out without a resource consent, he said.