A community meeting is to be called to resolve issues
around the siting of a proposed recycling centre at Pukehiki.
As reported in The Star, progress on setting up a recycling
drop-off point for the Otago Peninsula community stalled
because residents and the Dunedin City Council disagreed over
Pukehiki residents rejected the council's favoured site at
Camp Rd near the Pukehiki Church because they were worried it
would interfere with parking at events.
Alternative sites proposed by residents were deemed
unsuitable because of exposure to wind or disagreement from
Otago Peninsula Community Board member Lox Kellas criticised
residents opposed to having the recycling centre at Camp Rd
as having a ''selfish attitude''.
The only clear option was to have it at Camp Rd or for
residents to pay extra in rates for collection, he said.
Board member Christine Neill said the Hoopers Inlet community
had a recycling drop-off site near its hall and this had not
made any difference.
''It did away with one, maybe two, parks but there is still
parking there,'' she said.
Board deputy chairman Paul Pope did not think the issue was
completely unresolvable and suggested it could be solved with
Pukehiki Hall Society president John Ware said residents had
expressed an overwhelming opposition to siting the recycling
centre site near the church at the recent community open day.
''It's a typical nimby situation. Everyone wants it but they
don't want it in their back yard,'' he said.
Residents would not be concerned where on Highcliff Rd the
centre would be located as they all drove to town anyway, he
Mr Ware agreed a community meeting would be ''eminently
The board resolved to organise a public meeting to resolve
the recycling problem.
The meeting is to be held some time after July 19.