Mayor Sam Broughton

Wastewater plan gets green light

by Ann van Engelen

The Selwyn District Council will move forward on a wastewater scheme for Darfield and Kirwee, after a business case for the project and consultation with Darfield and Kirwee residents.

The council agreed there was sufficient evidence to support planning for a wastewater scheme in central Darfield. It had asked staff to include further consultation on a possible system for central Darfield and developments in the township as part of the consultation for the 2020/21 Annual Plan.

The council confirmed it would continue to seek cost-effective and environmentally sound solutions for the whole Darfield and Kirwee community.

In other matters, four councillors have been selected to be part of the hearings panel on the Proposed Selwyn District Plan. Deputy Mayor Malcolm Lyall, and councillors Mark Alexander, Debra Hasson and Nicole Reid will join the six previously selected independent commissioners — Rob van Voorthuysen Gina Sweetman, Gary Rae, Paul Thomas, Yvette Couch-Lewis and Gina Solomon.

The panel will hear the submissions on the proposed plan and make subsequent recommendations to the council. The Proposed District Plan is expected to be notified around May 2020, with hearings starting in November and likely to go through to mid-2021.

The council also received an update on its financial position at the half-way point of the financial year, which noted a strong financial position for the 2019/20 financial year with income ahead of budget and expenditure below budget.

The report also noted that capital expenditure was below what had been forecast, due to the timing of major capital projects. That was expected to catch up by the end of the financial year and into the 2020/21 financial year.

Mayor Sam Broughton said he had written to Environment Canterbury chief executive Bill Bayfield about the resource consent application by Waste Management Ltd to discharge chemicals to air from a proposed hazardous waste treatment and stabilisation plant on Marshs Road, near Prebbleton.

Environment Canterbury notified the consent application with limited notification, allowing objections from people within 500 metres of the site.

The letter noted the mayor had formally requested that Environment Canterbury restart the resource consent process, giving serious consideration to a full notification.