Blue Spring cafe decision still unclear
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.