Mayor shocked over coun­cil vote

South Waikato News - - NEWS / HE PU¯RONGORONGO - By CAITLIN WAL­LACE

Mayor Neil Sinclair was stunned when South Waikato Dis­trict Coun­cil­lors voted to build a new dis­trict land­fill.

Now part of the long Term Plan 2015-25, six coun­cil­lors voted to use the cur­rent land­fill un­til it is full and build a new one in about eight years.

Coun­cil­lors had three other op­tions to vote on, one of which in­cluded clos­ing the site and turn­ing Croad Pl into a trans­fer sta­tion.

Mayor Neil Sinclair voted for the op­tion to close the site when the re­source man­age­ment con­sent ex­pired in 2020 and turn Croad Pl into a trans­fer cen­tre.

‘‘It’s the first time in my 11 years of be­ing Mayor I’ve voted against some­thing.’’

‘‘It was a very, very sur­pris­ing decision and I’d like to think the six coun­cil­lors that voted for the decision un­der­stood all of the im­pli­ca­tions.’’

He said the decision would cre­ate a bur­den for ratepay­ers in the fu­ture.

Strate­gic projects man­ager Sarah Flavall said the less waste, the more it will cost for res­i­dents.

Coun­cil re­search re­vealed ton­nage had more than halved in the last six years.

Sinclair said the price could soar if it were to de­cline more and there would be no way out of it with the se­lected op­tion.

The cur­rent price is $ 123 per tonne plus a na­tional waste levy.

Coun­cil­lor Bill Machen voted to build a new cell as he dis­agreed with turn­ing Croad Pl into a trans­fer sta­tion.

‘‘I wasn’t happy with the re­port that come out, I still have some af­fir­ma­tions with the Croad Pl site.’’

And though he agreed with Sinclair’s con­cerns, he said the decision would ‘‘buy time’’ to look over the op­tions again and find a bet­ter so­lu­tion.

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