Arbitration move in stormwater damage dispute

There are signs of progress in the long running dispute over stormwater damage to an Otago Peninsula property.

Steve and Lorraine Hawkins, of 240 Portobello Rd, met their lawyer on Monday to discuss entering arbitration with the Dunedin City Council.

As a result, the couple's lawyer had sent the papers back to the council ''with a few adjustments'' yesterday, Mr Hawkins confirmed.

Council group chief financial officer Grant McKenzie said the council was yet to receive the papers, but expected they would be considered in the next few days.

The council's lawyers were set to meet the couple's later this week, but the progress was ''encouraging'', he said.


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