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Step closer to wastewater hearing

8 Apr 2009

Step closer to wastewater hearing

Ten submissions have been received by council's regulatory department in response to council's application to vary its wastewater consents.

Council senior water conservator Dennis Crone said three submitters opposed the applications, one on the grounds of cost and two with regard to protecting Gisborne's bay from wastewater discharge.

"Seven submissions were generally in support of the application but with some provisos," he said. "Most have particular parts of the proposal they either oppose or would like changes to. Eight submitters wish to present their views at the hearing."

Late last year council's engineering and works department applied to vary the conditions of its existing 35-year wastewater resource consents to build a wastewater treatment plant, using the biological trickling filter process, and to discharge the treated wastewater to sea via the existing 1.8km marine outfall pipe.

To help make the scheme more affordable for the community, the scheme was reduced in scope to have one biological trickling filter tank instead of two - subject to intensive monitoring -- and the location changed from the designated Aerodrome Road site to a council-owned site in Banks Street. This effectively halved the proposed cost to $45m.

Submissions on the application to vary the conditions of the coastal permits, designation for the new site and discharge to air permits closed last Friday.

Five commissioners have been appointed to hear the applications over three days from 19 May. They are Alan Watson, chair, Wira Gardiner, Richard Heerdegen - all of whom were on the committee that heard the 2007 application - Nigel Mark-Brown, and council's representative, Councillor Pat Seymour.