Residents opposing a quarry in Rangiora have accused racing clubs of putting the cart before the horse.
However, at the latest public meeting on Tuesday over the proposal for Taggart Earthmoving to establish a quarry at the racecourse, those involved did not front to answer concerns.
A hearing is expected to take place in May once commissioners have been appointed, but although submissions are closed, protesters do not plan on easing up.
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The Swannanoa Volunteer Fire Brigade used to operate from a shed that had no running water and was prone to dampness and flooding.
But that is set to change with the opening of a new temporary facility for the hardworking North Canterbury outfit.