Clean Air plan given a black mark at hear­ing

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

A Toko­roa wife blasted the South Waikato District Coun­cil, say­ing she would not con­form with the pro­posed Clean Air Bylaw.

The state­ment was heard dur­ing last week’s hear­ing at which res­i­dent Carol Smyth, who is re­liant on heat­ing to care for her ail­ing hus­band, said: ‘‘I want an­swers and I am not go­ing to change my fire­place for this coun­cil.’’

The 62-year-old care­giver told coun­cil­lors that she had a ‘‘per­fectly good burner’’ which she had used for many years.

‘‘I have the fire chief Dave Mor­ris come in and clean my chim­ney, I am al­ways get­ting fire­wood, con- stantly. Now be­cause my hus­band is in­jured I do it all my­self.’’

At the hear­ing, Mrs Smyth re­it­er­ated her stance that she was not go­ing to be told what to do.

‘‘I am not go­ing to have a district coun­cil tell me, with the pres­sure I’m un­der, that I am not hav­ing a fire, that I will con­form to what Coun­cil wants.

‘‘I am not go­ing to sit back and do noth­ing. My hus­band needs heat­ing 24/7.

‘‘I’ve had eight years of look­ing af­ter him and I in­tend to do it for a damn sight longer. If the power goes off I have noth­ing.’’

She also in­vited coun­cil­lors to ex­pe­ri­ence her life.

‘‘Come and walk in my shoes, that’s how I feel. I don’t care who you are, come and live with me and see what it’s like to have a hus­band who is rigid be­cause he’s cold’’.

Mrs Smyth said the main is­sue is fire mer­chants sell­ing wet wood.

‘‘Some of you coun­cil­lors need to get out and get around and see what does go on in the win­ter months here with the de­liv­ery of wood,’’ she said.

She added, ‘‘I am go­ing to look af­ter my hus­band and I don’t want to see him in his box be­fore he has to be. You guys need to . . . jump on th­ese wood mer­chants who are sell­ing wet wood.’’

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