Plan rub­bished

He ma­here ka patua

South Waikato News - - NEWS / HE PURONGORONGO - By CAITLIN WAL­LACE

A re­cy­cling cen­tre planned for Croad Place has been rub­bished by property owner Lance Fel­ton and he will do any­thing to close it down.

The South Waikato District Coun­cil pro­posed to es­tab­lish a re­cy­cling cen­tre and a trans­fer sta­tion on the in­dus­trial street.

But af­ter con­sul­ta­tion with the street’s businesses the coun­cil dumped the plan for the trans­fer sta­tion.

But that only fixes half the prob­lem for Fel­ton who is will­ing to stand up against the re­cy­cling cen­tre as well. And he said it could even go as far as court.

‘‘We will go down that av­enue if we have to,’’ he said.

Fel­ton and his wife Jo own 1 Croad Place and they cur­rently lease it out to three ten­ants.

But with the cen­tre to move in right next door he fears he will lose at least one of his ten­ants.

‘‘One is four me­tres off the boundary fac­ing that di­rec­tion so all she is go­ing to be look­ing at is the back of the re­cy­cling cen­tre,’’ he said.

It was not about the idea it­self, just the lo­ca­tion, Fel­ton said.

And he be­lieves the fa­cil­ity’s close prox­im­ity to town is less than ideal.

‘‘It’s go­ing to be so close to the CBD, Toko­roa gets such a bad rap and we want to keep it clean and tidy,’’ he said.

Coun­cil ser­vices man­ager Andrew Pas­coe said a meet­ing was held with the af­fected busi­ness own­ers where most of those who turned up ‘‘weren’t happy’’.

But with only about 10 years worth of land­fill space, Pas­coe said some­thing has to give.

‘‘For the con­sented ac­tiv­ity of a re­cy­cling cen­tre, we don’t ex­pect a smell is­sue,’’ he said.

Pas­coe said the idea will be re­vis­ited in 2017 when the Waste Man­age­ment Plan is re­viewed.

Two prop­er­ties down from the cen­tre is Kiwi Fal­con En­gi­neer­ing owner Steve Hol­royd.

Hol­royd had noth­ing against the re­cy­cling cen­tre. ‘‘ I’m rea­son­ably happy about that, I don’t think it’ll cause too much dis­rup­tion,’’ he said.

But Hol­royd said a ‘‘smelly’’ dump area is a dif­fer­ent story. ‘‘The trans­fer part is po­ten­tially more of a prob­lem . . . I guess that could be messy if they don’t clean up’’ he said.

Stink idea: Owner of 1 Croad Place Lance Fel­ton.

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