Allanton votes for sewerage system

Allanton residents have voted overwhelmingly in favour of a fully fledged, conventional $6.5 million sewerage system for the township and for all Dunedin ratepayers to help pay for it.

The township relies on septic tanks, but sanitation issues have arisen and the Dunedin City Council is planning to install a reticulated system.

Council staff considered a ‘‘small-bore'' pipework system, to collect effluent from septic tanks, costing $4.4 million, would be a suitable system.

However, in a survey carried out by the Allanton Residents Committee, and presented to this week's infrastructure services committee meeting, residents voted 73 to 43 in favour of the more expensive ‘‘conventional'' option.

As well, of 127 ratepayers who voted, 123 (97%) were in favour of a city-wide drainage rate to pay for the system and only 4 voted for some form of targeted rate for Allanton residents.

A reticulated water supply for the township was supported by 81% of ratepayers surveyed.

Presenting the survey, Colin Ferguson said the results were ‘‘a starting point'' for discussions over what scheme would be implemented and how to fund it.

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