Air post­pone­ment is ‘right de­ci­sion’

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

Fol­low­ing last week’s de­ci­sion to post­pone the pro­posed Clean Air Bylaw, res­i­dent Robyn Burke be­lieves the right de­ci­sion was made.

‘‘As a sub­mit­ter I was pleased with the de­ci­sion. I think it was the right one as the Toko­roa air­shed could not be classed as un­pol­luted by the 2016 dead­line as it would need five years since the last in­fringe­ment,’’ she said on Mon­day.

Miss Burke de­liv­ered her ver­bal submission last week ques­tion­ing Coun­cil around what guar­an­tee homeowners have that all wood burn­ers will not be banned en­tirely when Toko­roa does not com­ply with the Na­tional En­vi­ron­men­tal Stan­dards for air qual­ity in 2016.

‘‘I no­ticed by the staff com­ment (in the agenda) it didn’t say that this wasn’t a pos­si­bil­ity. It says if Coun­cil was to up­date the bylaw it will go to con­sul­ta­tion again.

‘‘We could, in 2016 fail and we could have an out­right ban on fires,’’ Miss Burke said. ‘‘Homeowners would go to all th­ese lengths to (be) up­dated and in two years time we could fail and all of th­ese ex­penses were for no rea­son.’’

An avid walker, Miss Burke be­lieves air qual­ity in the morn­ing is im­prov­ing ‘‘I think the air qual­ity in the morn­ing is a lot bet­ter than it used to be. As an asth­matic it is some­thing I would note.’’

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