Residents see red over cleanfill plan
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.