Air postponement is ‘right decision’
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.’’