New con­tainer ter­mi­nal protest

South Waikato News - - OPINION/NEWS -

My­self and other res­i­dents around me are as­tounded that the coun­cil/Kiwi Rail/Lin­coln Trans­port can plan and carry for­ward a ship­ping con­tainer and rail trans­port ter­mi­nal for two years with­out any con­sul­ta­tion what­so­ever. This was an­nounced to us at a meet­ing at the coun­cil cham­bers on July 3rd.

This project in­volves a rail­way sid­ing 15 me­tres from the rear boundary of the houses backed on to the rail­way. and a ship­ping con­tainer ter­mi­nal.

We spoke about the noise and smell and were told they would try to al­le­vi­ate this with trees and shrubs.

This is not ac­cept­able, we need to know what they will do, not what they might do. The only ac­cept­able an­swer is an acous­tic bund sim­i­lar to what they are us­ing on the new con­tainer ter­mi­nal in Hamil­ton. The law states we are en­ti­tled to quiet en­joy­ment of our prop­erty. From ob­ser­va­tion and con­ver­sa­tions with lo­cal peo­ple no one knows this is hap­pen­ing ,most of the ones that did know some­thing, thought that there was just a rail­way sid­ing pro­posed.

This project is a full on ship­ping con­tainer ter­mi­nal. In­for­ma­tion is avail­able on the South Waikato coun­cil web­site. Read it, and think how this will af­fect you. The coun­cil is there to rep­re­sent us, not get in­volved in big busi­ness. Mal­colm Clarke,

Toko­roa.

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