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Thursday 1 June 2017
District Council’s Service Delivery Committee has passed a recommendation to
Council at its meeting today to take no action in relation to a resource
consent that allows for water to be abstracted from the site known as Lot 9 on
the Ashburton Business Estate.
committee also decided that no action will be taken in relation to an
associated consent that requires water to be discharged to the ground at
another site on Mitcham Rd, when the abstraction water consent is given effect
on the Lot 9 site.
consents will formally lapse on 30 September 2019, but until then the Council
will be able to revisit the use of these consents if an opportunity arises,
including supplementing the town water supply if necessary. The Council is also
able to seek an extension to the lapsing date.
9 consent was the subject of intense media attention last year when the former
Council was in negotiations with a potential buyer, who was proposing to
establish a water bottling plant on the site. The sale fell through due to the
purchaser failing to meet key conditions of the sale and purchase agreement.
decision to take no action on the resource consents will go the full Council
meeting on the 29 June 2017 for final approval.