Bylaw review a mixed bag
Fifty-nine submissions have been received in the council’s bylaw review - covering everything from tighter rules around nail salons to relaxed dog-walking rules at Caroline Bay.
The Timaru District Council called for submissions on proposed changes to its existing bylaws, as well as a proposed Easter Trading policy and a proposed change to Resource Management Act fees.
Eleven people indicated they wanted to be heard at a council hearing, which took place on Tuesday.
Among them were four submitters who were vehemently opposed to allowing shops to open on Easter Sunday - even with the proviso that workers would not have to work if they did not want to.
Henry and Anne Langham - who will appear at the hearing - believed strongly the trading rules needed to be retained on religious grounds, and to allow ‘‘greater opportunity for shop workers to have recreation and more time with their families’’.
‘‘We believe that there is no strong demand for people to have full shopping facilities on Easter Sunday, as the Saturday and the Monday are ample for most people.’’
Conservation group Timaru Penguins and the South Canterbury branch of Forest and Bird said they wanted to be heard on the dog bylaw issue.
Both groups put in submissions saying the period when dogs were banned at Caroline Bay should begin on August 1.
They also wanted a curfew, so dogs would be prohibited on the beach from dusk to dawn, all year round.
Improved signage was also needed in some areas, such as access points to Caroline Bay, especially from Marine Parade, the Forest and Bird submission said.
The Timaru Penguin Group said dogs were the ‘‘number one predator’’ of little blue penguins, and there had been recent attacks in Wellington and Taranaki.
The proposed changes to the Resource Management Act fees include introducing two new categories of resource consent which would cost $525 to lodge, a ‘‘permitted boundary activity notice’’ with a lodgement fee of $525, and a ‘‘permitted activity notice’’.