En­ti­tled to peace

South Waikato News - - OPINION/NEWS -

I am a long time res­i­dent of Toko­roa who’s home hap­pens to be be­side the rail­way. The house we live in has been our fam­ily home for the past 40 years. We en­joy our life there and the view from our kitchen win­dow, which at present over­looks green pad­docks. Trains pass through­out the day but we do get respite from this noise. But all this is about to change. If this rail­way project goes ahead our lives will be com­pletely dis­rupted. We will have to put up with in our daily lives: Con­stant noise, lack of pri­vacy, high build­ings block­ing out light, large ship­ping con­tain­ers piled up, con­stant trucks com­ing and go­ing, large ma­chin­ery load­ing and un­load­ing con­tain­ers which will bring smell, ver­min and pol­lu­tion.

Coun­cil held a meet­ing early July where res­i­dents were in­vited to at­tend. Un­til this time no one had heard of their plans it had never been ad­ver­tised in the pa­per. Con­cerns were raised re­gard­ing how this will dis­rupt our lives with the noise etc. One coun­cil mem­ber told me that they chose to build their house in a dif­fer­ent area. I said good for you but don’t be­lit­tle our area, as it was my fa­ther who chose to pur­chase our home. Our ar­gu­ments were dis­missed as if we didn’t mat­ter. We were told that as this project is on in­dus­trial land they can do what they like. But we do mat­ter. We have ev­ery right to live in a peace­ful en­vi­ron­ment with­out noise. The coun­cil has in­vested money into this com­plex which comes from our rates as well. There is no of­fer of com­pen­sa­tion to us, for all the devastation and dis­rup­tion they are caus­ing. Plant­ing trees will block out even more sun­light.

Liz Peni, Toko­roa

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