Blue Spring cafe de­ci­sion still un­clear

South Waikato News - - Front Page - LUKE KIRKEBY

Plans to build a cafe and res­tau­rant near the Te Wai­hou Blue Springs have been dealt an­other blow due to a ban on peo­ple swim­ming in it’s clear waters.

The South Waikato District Coun­cil an­nounced last week that due to wa­ter users hav­ing a ‘‘neg­a­tive im­pact’’ on the veg­e­ta­tion in the Blue Spring riverbed, banks, as well as on the vis­ual amenity, swim­ming was no longer en­cour­aged.

A sign ad­vis­ing vis­i­tors not to swim has been erected and the steps lead­ing into the wa­ter have been blocked off.

While the de­ci­sion has been wel­comed by many in­clud­ing lo­cal iwi Raukawa, Ch­eryl Waite, who owns Wai­hou Lodge and Blue Springs Farm­stay in Les­lie Rd, said con­sid­er­ing sub­mis­sions on her ap­pli­ca­tion close on Septem­ber 9 she would have liked to have been in­formed ear­lier.

‘‘I am try­ing to do some­thing good for the com­mu­nity but ob­vi­ously Pu­taruru doesn’t want growth and more em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties,’’ she said.

‘‘I’ve taken out kayak­ing from my ap­pli­ca­tion so what they are now fight­ing over has noth­ing to do with me and I want to keep out of it un­til a de­ci­sion has been made.

‘‘It is a very long drawn out pro­cess and what­ever they de­cide I will just have to ac­cept,’’ she said.

These re­fresh­ing waters are now a no-go for tourists.

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