Council at odds over taxi stands
Taxi stands have been struck off as a sensitive site for the district’s Local Approved Products Policy.
The suggestion ignited debate in the South Waikato District Council chamber during the policy hearing.
Friday’s hearing brought in 23 submissions on the policy to restrict synthetic cannabis products.
A major part of the policy is the sensitive sites which include a 100 metre buffer zone.
Population Health suggested taxi stands were to be included as a sensitive site.
Deputy mayor Jenny Shattock was pleased to see the move would further restrict the available sites for retailers.
According to Shattock it would mean the only place left to set up shop is vacant land Gull will be left with.
Councillor Marin Glucina questioned the legality of the move calling it a ‘‘crooked deal’’.
‘‘Knowingly’’ taking the risk to make it even more difficult for retailers would be defrauding the community, Glucina said.
Fears of facing a costly court battle meant he was not willing to support the idea.
‘‘We can’t shoot from the hip and be cowboys,’’ he said.
Councillor Jenny Shattock put her hand up in support of the idea.
‘‘That’s where people can congregate and they do,’’ she said.
Mayor Neil Sinclair made an example of Hamilton’s exclusion of taxi stands but Shattock refused to be compared to the city.
‘‘I don’t care what Hamilton has to be honest.’’
Sinclair said there needed to be a ‘‘genuine’’ attempt to provide land in approved areas.
The majority of councillors voted against the suggestion to include taxi stands as sensitive sites but all voted for the LAPP to be adopted by August 20.