WCC de­ci­sion to back out gets quiet re­sponse

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By JIM CHIPP

A Welling­ton City Coun­cil de­ci­sion to re­nege on a deal with Porirua to ex­pand their joint waste man­age­ment ac­tiv­i­ties has been met with a muted re­sponse.

The two coun­cils had been pre­par­ing to ex­tend co-op­er­a­tion on sewage and land­fill op­er­a­tions to cover all solid waste, in­clud­ing rub­bish col­lec­tion, through a coun­cil- con­trolled trad­ing or­gan­i­sa­tion.

On June 27, Welling­ton City Coun­cil voted to stop work on the pro­posal, leav­ing Porirua with the lion’s share of the bill for work to date, which in­cluded $250,000 of con­sul­tants’ fees, as well as much more in- house work.

How­ever, when the two coun­cils’ waste­water treat­ment plant and land­fill joint com­mit­tee met last Tues­day at Porirua City Coun­cil to con­sider a grumpy res­o­lu­tion not­ing that work on the joint ven­ture had stopped, it was wa­tered down to a re­quest for in­for­ma­tion.

Welling­ton coun­cil was asked to re­port back to the com­mit­tee by Novem­ber 7, ‘‘to clar­ify a way for­ward to en­able en­hanced co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the two coun­cils’’.

Leggett ’ Porirua Mayor Nick Welling­ton rep­re­sen­ta­tive Ngaire Best said her coun­cil had been very clear that what was be­ing stopped was work on the pro­posed coun­cil- con­trolled trad­ing or­gan­i­sa­tion, and not any other con­cept that might de­velop from the planned joint ven­ture.

Porirua Mayor Nick Leggett won­dered why things take so long.

‘‘ It con­cerns me that the wheels turn slowly and res­i­dents get frus­trated.

‘‘We have got to sharpen up, to be hon­est.’’

Ms Best said she hoped the Novem­ber 7 dead­line was the worst case sce­nario.

‘‘That is the max­i­mum rather than the min­i­mum.

‘‘We hope that we [the com­mit­tee] or Porirua City Coun­cil will re­ceive a re­ply at a much ear­lier date.’’

Af­ter the meet­ing com­mit­tee chair­man Tim Shep­pard said the fees had been di­vided be­tween Deloittes, who pre­pared the re­port, and Simp­son’s, who re­viewed it.

It was im­pos­si­ble to sep­a­rate how much had been spent on the coun­cil-con­trolled or­gan­i­sa­tion pro­posal, be­cause that had al­ways been an as­sump­tion un­der­ly­ing the work.

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