Board backs pump station

The Dunstan Hospital board has decided to support a proposed sewage and wastewater pumping station about 200m from its doorstep.

Central Otago Health Services chief executive Dr Kathy de Luc yesterday said the board on Monday met the Central Otago District Council to discuss siting.

‘‘After our meeting with council yesterday we have made a submission in favour of the proposal.

‘‘The proposed pumping site is over 200m away from the hospital building and we have received reassurance from council with regards to any possible concerns around odour, noise and possible leakage.’’

The decision means Central Otago Health Services, which runs Dunstan Hospital, has fallen in line with the hospital’s owners — the Southern District Health Board.

The health board announced its support for the plan last week when general manager facilities and property Paul Pugh said the board recognised it was a necessary part of upgrading Clyde’s reticulation.

Dunstan Golf Club, which holds the lease for the part of the Clyde reserve earmarked for the pumping station has been vehemently opposed to the pumping station.

Submissions on the proposal close on Friday.

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