Pro­posal cops crit­i­cism

Con­cern that bylaw goes too far

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

Dur­ing the two-day hear­ings of the pro­posed Clean Air Bylaw, one sub­mit­ter likened it to us­ing a sledge ham­mer to crack a wal­nut.

Toko­roa res­i­dent Kel­son Dif­fey told the coun­cil that the bylaw was heavy-handed.

‘‘It is my opin­ion that even if clean air wood burn­ers were in­stalled and I’ve al­ready been hear­ing through­out the town that we would still have the prob­lem as there are many peo­ple who do not use them cor­rectly,’’ he said.

Mr Dif­fey, a suf­ferer of em­phy­sema strug­gled through his ver­bal submission say­ing the is­sue is wet wood be­ing burnt.

‘‘This could be re­solved by door-to-door vis­its to iden­tify bad wood burn­ers and peo­ple with wet wood,’’ he said.

He first be­came aware of the is­sue in Oc­to­ber last year.

‘‘I live on Wairoa Place and there ap­pears to be at least 27 wood burn­ers that would need to be re­placed un­der this pro­posed bylaw and that’s one lit­tle street in this town.

‘‘There are many fam­i­lies, ben­e­fi­cia­ries, se­nior ci­ti­zens, who could not af­ford to bor­row money to have new heaters in­stalled. One per­son I spoke to said they would walk away from their home.’’

Mr Dif­fey ques­tioned Coun­cil say­ing their ef­forts were ‘‘dra­co­nian’’.

‘‘Does Coun­cil really want this in our district? I can see this as noth­ing but a dra­co­nian piece of law mak­ing.

‘‘ Coun­cil have of­fered to loan money to peo­ple for the pur­pose of pur­chas­ing new heat­ing sys­tems over 10 years. Bor­row­ing through Coun­cil would (add) an­other $50 to $100 per quar­ter to the al­ready high rates we get charged,’’ he said.

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