By­law re­view a mixed bag

South Canterbury Herald - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - ELENA MCPHEE

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’’.

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