Entitled to peace
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