Ministry’s $15,000 ‘understanding’
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Weeks before the hearing got under way, the ministry withdrew its submission, having signed a memorandum of understanding with Fulton Hogan. It was released to the Papakura Courier under the Official Information Act.
The MoU says within a month of the resource consent commencing, Fulton Hogan will contribute ‘‘$15,000 inclusive of GST’’ for the ministry to ‘‘implement mitigation works of its choice’’.
The company will also either make a contribution to AT or ‘‘take responsibility’’ for laying asphalt outside the school during resurfacing work; supply gravel materials for ‘‘any’’ pedestrian walkway; supply gravel at cost for a new or upgraded car park.
For its part, the ministry agreed not to prevent Fulton Hogan from implementing its project and ‘‘discourage students and other members from the school community from crossing Papakura-Clevedon Road’’.
The ministry’s head of education infrastructure service, Kim Shannon, says ‘‘we withdrew our submission when the applicant, Fulton Hogan, agreed to a suite of mitigation measures that addressed all our concerns’’.
‘‘We advised the principal and board of trustees about our approach and communicated the full suite of mitigation measures secured.’’
Around 180 people turned up to an urgent meeting in Clevedon Community Hall last Thursday about the quarry’s consent.