Swimming ban won’t affect cafe
A ban on swimming won’t impact on whether the council gives approval for a cafe at the Blue Springs.
South Waikato District Council communications manager Kerry Fabrie said Cheryl Waite was aware of the council’s concerns around the impact any increase in visitor numbers could have but said the discouragement of swimming did not change the application process.
‘‘In our view, stopping swimming at the Blue Spring does not directly impact the resource consent application,’’ she said.
‘‘The Leslie Rd end to the walkway is not closing, there will still be access.’’
Raukawa Environment Group manager Grant Kettle said The Raukawa Settlement Trust (RST) considered that economic development mustnot at the expense of the Waihou and Te Puna.
‘‘We consider that the cumulative impacts from additional visitors to the cafe will have adverse effects on the cultural and environmental values of the Waihou and Te Puna including increased likelihood of Swimming in Te Puna, disturbance of aquatic and riparian vegetation, and disturbance of river banks and bed.’’