Bylaw has no bite, says res­i­dent

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

Cost must be taken into con­sid­er­a­tion, a self-styled ‘‘gree­nie’’ has told coun­cil dur­ing a ver­bal submission at the Clean Air Bylaw hear­ings.

‘‘I think the best you can ex­pect from this bylaw is non­com­pli­ance,’’ Lau­rie Mur­ray said.

Dur­ing his submission the Toko­roa teacher also said that, while he sup­ported an ini­tia­tive for cleaner air, he op­posed the fi­nan­cial im­pacts the bylaw would have on res­i­dents.

‘‘First is the pos­si­bil­ity that the prob­lem is over­stated. Most peo­ple I talk to are be­mused by this pro­posal be­cause they are of the opin­ion our air is bet­ter than it has been.

‘‘ Waikato Re­gional Coun­cil en­vi­ron­men­tal chemist Jonathan Cald­well, us­ing two dif­fer­ent sys­tems of anal­y­sis, found no ev­i­dence that Toko­roa’s air is any bet­ter or worse,’’ he said.

The re­sults of the test Mr Mur­ray is re­fer­ring to came to light last year.

Both tests found no ev­i­dence to sug­gest air qual­ity is im­prov­ing or wors­en­ing.

‘‘Most peo­ple are sur­prised that it was not bet­ter, many are sus­pi­cious and think there might be a dol­lar in this pro­posal for some­one,’’ he said.

Mr Mur­ray also had con­cerns about the cost in­volved in com­ply­ing with the pro­posed bylaw.

‘‘To ask th­ese peo­ple to fork out per­haps $5000 or more if other com­pli­ance is­sues are tagged on in the way coun­cil would like to, is pie in the sky stuff,’’ he said.

In his submission Mr Mur­ray also sug­gested that any fire place more than 15-years-old that can be damp­ened down could have that mech­a­nism re­moved.

‘‘I have since checked my own box and found un­do­ing two screws, about 30 sec­onds work would re­move mine at no cost.’’

Mr Mur­ray had is­sues with mer­chants sell­ing wet wood.

‘‘Last year I bought a ute load of split pine wood from a man in Pu­taruru. When it ar­rived I was ap­palled to find it was straight out of the bush.

‘‘I told him that it wouldn’t burn be­cause it was still green.’’

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