I’m not faintly surprised at this decision. The day I attended the hearing and heard the ‘independent’ Chair’s Freudian slip … “When the consent is granted …” illustrated quite graphically for me, the extent of the independence of the commission. In addition, all the concerns that any community would naturally have … leachate, trucks, property values … all these were effectively taken off the table. Hamstrung from the start. It is the neighbors of the landfill in particular who will have to live with this. And all those conditions … I’ll be watching keenly to see how strictly they’re adhered to. If it’s anything like the vigilance we have with other consents and pollution of our environment of late, it’s going to be an interesting road forwards.
“The Bonny Glen landfill expansion has been given the go-ahead.
The landfill’s owners, Midwest Disposals has been granted all resource consents to expand the operation.
The decision, released yesterday afternoon, granted the consents for 35 years with land use consents in perpetuity.
It means the size and life of Bonny Glen, near Marton, will increase significantly over the next four decades. The capacity will increase almost five-fold….”
Read the Wanganui Chronicle article by Zaryd Wilson: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/wanganui-chronicle/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503426&objectid=11450949
Midwest Disposals has added further planting to its plans for the proposed Bonny Glen landfill expansion.
The minor changes are in response to concerns highlighted by commissioners considering the company’s resource consent application.
Midwest has applied for resource consents with Horizons Regional Council and Rangitikei District Council to extend the life and size of the landfill near Marton. More trees will be planted along the edge of the site to mitigate the effects the landfill will have on the landscape and views…. read article HERE
Smelly and ugly – but necessary
LEACHATE poisoning the Tutaenui Stream, rampant vermin, toxicity, litter, bad smells, increased truck traffic … the crime sheet against the Bonny Glen landfill near Marton is long and ugly.
That is the way it usually is for those lords of the underworld – rubbish dumps.
The application by the waste facility’s owners, Midwest Disposals, to significantly expand the site has naturally prompted fierce opposition from those who live sufficiently close to suffer from its operation.
That opposition has been well-voiced at the consent hearing in Feilding which wrapped up last month – though some concerning aspects around Bonny Glen’s business, extra traffic and leaching among them, were unfortunately ruled beyond the scope of the three commissioners who will issue their decision in May…. read article HERE
From the Wanganui Chronicle 25 March 2015
“The commissioners considering resource consent application for the Bonny Glen landfill expansion have concerns about odour, ground stability, landfill size and vermin.
They also want owners Midwest Disposals to keep the Marton community better informed….”
Read the article HERE
The Manawatu Standard reports on the submissions hearing.
Landfill extension opposed
25 Feb 2015
“The application has drawn opposition from neighbouring property owners. There were 62 submissions to the resource consent application….
Turakina resident Richard Grant said in his submission that many residents were worried about the effect of water running off the landfill and into a small stream that ran through the town.
He said leachate was an unknown factor and could affect the quality of the water.”
Many other concerns are presented by submitters: READ FULL ARTICLE HERE
The Wanganui Chronicle continues to report on the submissions hearing in Feilding this past week…
Litter, smell and vermin plague tip’s neighbours
9:00 AM Saturday Feb 21, 2015
Litter, smell and vermin from the Bonny Glen Landfill will only increase if it is expanded, Linda O’Neill says.
She and her husband Chris live in one of the closest houses to the Midwest Disposals landfill near Marton. On Thursday they made a submission to the hearing considering whether to allow it to expand.
They oppose the full extent of the expansion, and especially the full 160m height the “mountain of rubbish” would attain.
When they bought their property in 2008 they didn’t know the landfill could expand. At that stage it was due to close either in 2028 or when it was full – whichever happened first….. READ THE ARTICLE HERE