Health board won’t challenge bid to change quarry conditions

The CDHB has decided it will not be joining the fight against Fulton Hogan’s bid to change the...
The CDHB has decided it will not be joining the fight against Fulton Hogan’s bid to change the conditions of its new quarry near Templeton. Image: Supplied
The Canterbury District Health Board will not challenge Fulton Hogan’s bid to change the conditions under which it must operate its proposed quarry near Weedons.

Last week it was revealed Fulton Hogan has appealed 15 conditions it will be allowed to operate the 170ha Roydon Quarry under.

This includes the monitoring of dust at the quarry and the requirement to prepare a report on the results within one month of a 12-month monitoring programme.

Other conditions Fulton Hogan is appealing include the requirement for six dust-monitoring devices to be installed prior to quarry activities occurring and the company needing to ensure heavy vehicle movements leaving or accessing the quarry use the direct route comprising State Highway 1, Jones and Dawsons Rds.

The CDHB says it would not be joining any other parties appealing the consent, which means it will not be able to speak or present evidence at a future hearing.

“The Canterbury DHB considers that the conditions imposed by the commissioners address the public health issues raised in the DHB’s submission,” a spokeswoman said.

Simon Moore.
Simon Moore.
Nearby resident Simon Moore said he was extremely disappointed by the CDHB’s decision.

“Do they not care? I would have thought the CDHB would have concerns given all of the stuff they are privy to and have been saying over the years but when it comes to the crunch they don’t want to know anything about it.”

Christchurch City Council has decided it will become a party to Fulton Hogan’s appeal to try and stop the conditions of the resource consent being changed.

In a statement, Fulton Hogan South Island general manager Craig Stewart said: “Fulton Hogan’s goal for the quarry remains to be a showcase for other quarry operations in New Zealand, and will lead the way in terms of best practice and environmental sustainability.

“We are actively and constructively engaged in the Environment Court process and recognise that determines the outcome from this stage of the Resource Management Act process.”

The resource consent was granted in April by a panel of five commissioners appointed by Environment Canterbury and Selwyn District Council.

Weedons resident Stephen Bain has also lodged a separate appeal in the Environment Court to overturn the commissioners’ decision.

 

 

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