Noise control under way

Lakes Environmental regulatory and corporate manager Lee Webster is comfortable with the steps the Wanaka Caltex petrol station is taking to minimise the noise from its new drive-through car wash.

Mr Webster confirmed a complaint had been received, alleging a breach by five decibels of the district plan residential zone limit of 40 decibels. The station is in a commercial zone, which has a higher limit, but is adjacent to the residential zone.

Mr Webster said the Caltex operators had to be given credit for engaging in the process to resolve the issues.

Operator Matt Davison confirmed a hush kit had been ordered for the car wash and would be installed as soon as possible. An application was also being made for resource consent for a vacuum cleaner at the car wash exit behind the station. In the meantime, the vacuum cleaner had been removed and customers were being asked to use another vacuum cleaner at the front of the station.

The car wash is now closing at 8pm instead of 11pm.

The costs of dealing with the complaint were expected to be several thousand dollars, Mr Davison said.

The complainant, Helen Jane Kuzma, said she had no comment.


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