Res­i­dents see red over cleanfill plan

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By NI­CHOLAS BOYACK

A fight is loom­ing over a pro­posed 14-hectare cleanfill on State High­way 58.

Win­stone Ag­gre­gates is about to sub­mit a re­source con­sent ap­pli­ca­tion for a cleanfill to re­place its Dry Creek Cleanfill.

The Bel­mont cleanfill is expected to close in 2013.

The new site is 4km north­west of its present lo­ca­tion and bor­ders SH58 and the Bel­mont Re­gional Park, on ru­ral land. It will take 1.75 mil­lion cu­bic me­tres of fill.

Cleanfill is nat­u­ral ma­te­rial such as clay, soil and rock, and ma­te­ri­als such as con­crete or brick that bear no harm­ful sub­stances.

Mt Ce­cil Rd res­i­dents have formed a group to op­pose it and are putting pres­sure on the Porirua City Coun­cil to have the con­sent no­ti­fied. As well as the visual im­pact, the neigh­bours are con­cerned about the ex­tra traf­fic, and the like­li­hood of ac­ci­dents, dust and noise.

The cleanfill has an es­ti­mated life span of 35 to 50 years and Jo McCready, who has an engi­neer­ing firm in Mt Ce­cil Rd, says it will have a huge im­pact on the small ru­ral community.

The en­trance to the cleanfill will be on a stretch of road that is al­ready prone to ac­ci­dents, she says.

On the fig­ures sup­plied by Win­stone, she says there will be be­tween 88 and 518 truck move­ments a day.

John Schofield will have a di­rect view of the quarry from his prop­erty and he is wor­ried about the im­pact on his prop­erty value. He does not ac­cept Win­stones’ con­tention that the im­pact will be mi­nor.

“We have a nice place here and we do not want it wrecked.

‘‘ That is a self­ish point of view, from a non-self­ish point of view we are wor­ried about the ac­ci­dents.”

Win­stone’s traf­fic re­port notes the area has a low ac­ci­dent rate.

“For this rea­son it points to an op­ti­mum lo­ca­tion for the de­vel­op­ment of a new in­ter­sec­tion.”

The cleanfill will be able to be seen from the main road and Mr Schofield says it will ruin a pleas­ant ru­ral area. “It is not a very good ad­ver­tise­ment for Porirua, a tip right by the sign ‘Wel­come to Porirua’.”

The res­i­dents have con­tacted Porirua mayor Nick Leggett and are hop­ing he can get the cleanfill stopped. Mr Leggett said he, city coun­cil­lor Anita Baker and re­gional coun­cil­lor Bar­bara Donaldson would meet with con­cerned res­i­dents soon.

‘‘I’m in­ter­ested in the de­tails, like where it will go and how big the cleanfill will be, but this is not a po­lit­i­cal de­ci­sion.

‘‘I’m hope­ful that the res­i­dents will get the abil­ity to reg­is­ter their views and I’m keen to hear what their con­cerns are.’’

Win­stones project leader Dan McGre­gor says the best way to work out how many trucks will use the site is to look at how many use the ex­ist­ing cleanfill. Be­tween 2007 and 2012, the av­er­age num­ber of trucks us­ing the cleanfill was 44 per day.

The new site is on a road that has re­gional ac­cess and is close to the ex­ist­ing cleanfill.

Al­though res­i­dents be­lieve the con­sent will not be no­ti­fied, he says it is likely to be.

A buf­fer zone of na­tive trees will be planted as soon as work be­gins, in or­der to re­duce the visual im­pact. Work will be staged over many years and at any one time, only five hectares will be worked on.

Clean fight: John Schofield is one of a group of res­i­dents promis­ing to fight a cleanfill on State High­way 58.

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