Horizons remains resolute on cleaning up the river

Press Release – Horizons Regional Council

Horizons Chief Executive Michael McCartney says is disappointed by Palmerston North City Council’s decision to appeal an abatement notice which asked them to sort out their discharge to the Manawatu River.October 27, 2011

Horizons remains resolute on cleaning up the river

Horizons Chief Executive Michael McCartney says is disappointed by Palmerston North City Council’s decision to appeal an abatement notice which asked them to sort out their discharge to the Manawatu River.

Horizons issued an abatement notice earlier this month after it found the city council to be in breach of a condition in their consent which spells out there should be no significant adverse effects on the aquatic life in the river.

“It’s disappointing that we are now going to be drawn into an unnecessary legal process that is going to take time and money to resolve, resource and effort that should be put in to fixing the problem rather than spending it on lawyers.” said Mr McCartney.

“We issue between 60-80 abatements a year and I can count on one hand the number of times one has been appealed, none successfully,” said Mr McCartney.

Horizons had extended an invitation to Palmerston North City to work together to sort out a solution. Mr McCartney said since the abatement notice was issued there had been several very positive meetings between the two councils to develop a way forward.

He said although it is still the strong desire of Horizons, the decision to appeal has made this more complicated and he would need to seek legal advice.

“Our community has given us a very clear message, get on and sort the issues out. Appealing the abatement notice and seeking the courts permission to continue to pollute the river seems at odds with what the community wants.”

Horizons Chairman Bruce Gordon said sorting out the discharge was matter is of concern to all involved and we need it to be put right for the sake of the river.

“We are focused on achieving this outcome for the community. There is a high degree of public interest in this matter and it’s important that it is addressed as a matter of urgency.”

ENDS

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