Dust not set­tled on arena is­sue

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By MERE­ANA AUSTIN Win­tec jour­nal­ism stu­dent

It is not all sun­shine and roses for neigh­bours on Haig Rd.

Res­i­dent Leanne West put a sand horse rid­ing arena on her property be­fore Christ­mas 2011 and is frus­trated at con­tin­ued com­plaints from her neigh­bours.

Both Mrs West and the Mata­mata-Pi­ako District Coun­cil have re­ceived sev­eral com­plaints from two sep­a­rate house­holds about dust from the arena.

Mrs West said she has en­deav­oured to keep dust to a min­i­mum, even in­stalling an ir­ri­ga­tion sys­tem to dampen the sand.

How­ever, she is un­able to use the sys­tem when coun­cil wa­ter re­stric­tions are in place and be­lieves this is when the com­plaints have been made.

‘‘Yes, with­out the ir­ri­ga­tion sys­tem on, there is dust in my arena,’’ Mrs West said.

The Mata­mata Chron­i­cle ap­proached sev­eral Haig Rd res­i­dents but they de­clined to com­ment, pre­fer­ring to leave the mat­ter up to the coun­cil.

Mrs West said she rang the coun­cil be­fore the con­struc­tion of the arena to see if she needed any per­mits.

‘‘I was told no be­cause I wasn’t build­ing any­thing, and I also rang the coun­cil build­ing in­spec­tor to make sure,’’ she said.

Her daugh­ter Sarah,

12,

is a com­pet­i­tive show rider and needs to prac­tice ev­ery day.

‘‘The rea­son I put the arena right be­side my house is be­cause my youngest daugh­ter Amy (8) is men­tally and phys­i­cally dis­abled and this way it is easy for me to su­per­vise both of my daugh­ters.

‘‘I think there needs to be some tol­er­ance. I’m not break­ing any rules.’’

The Mata­mata-Pi­ako District Coun­cil said any com­plaints made were in­ves­ti­gated by a mon­i­tor­ing of­fi­cer.

Mrs West’s property was as­sessed and the Waikato Re­gional Coun­cil was con­sulted as they had also re­ceived a com­plaint.

While the district plan re­quires that dust dis­charge is min­imised, the pri­mary re­spon­si­bil­ity for dis­charges to air lies with the re­gional coun­cil.

They have con­firmed they are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the is­sue on Haig Rd and are look­ing into any pos­si­ble so­lu­tions.

Mata­mata-Pi­ako District Coun­cil said one op­tion Mrs West had was to use a wa­ter tanker filled from an au­tho­rised source such as a bore.

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