68 days ago

Auckland Council states opposition to Dome Valley dump proposal

Caroline Williams Reporter from Rodney Times

Hi neighbours. Controversial plans to build a giant waste dump in the Dome Valley should be refused because of cultural and environmental concerns, Auckland Council says.

It is the first time Auckland Council has publicly come out in opposition of Chinese-owned private waste firm Waste Management’s plans for a landfill, on land between Warkworth and Wellsford.

Key issues looked at in a newly released report included cultural values, the impact on freshwater and the surrounding ecosystem, sedimentation and air pollution, environmental and human health risks, traffic safety and the rural character of the area.

“The reporting officer is recommending, subject to contrary or additional information being received at the [resource consent] hearing, that the application be refused,” the report stated.

A resource consent hearing is due to begin at the Warkworth Town Hall at 9.30 am on November 9.

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5 hours ago

Poll: Do you support a rates rise of 5 per cent in Auckland?

Caryn Wilkinson Reporter from Community News

Hi neighbours,

Aucklanders will see their rates bills soar 5 per cent to help counteract a $1 billion fall in council revenue over the next four years.

The one-off hike, up from a planned 3.5 per cent increase, will add $36 to the rates bill of an average value home before annual increases return to the previous path of 3.5 per cent rises.

The proposed increase is included in the update of Auckland Council's 10-year budget, which starts in July.

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Do you support a rates rise of 5 per cent in Auckland?
  • 10% Yes
    10% Complete
  • 86.2% No
    86.2% Complete
  • 3.8% Undecided. It's too complex.
    3.8% Complete
210 votes
1 day ago

Poll: Do you agree with the proposed congestion charge of $3.50?

Caryn Wilkinson Reporter from Community News

Drivers could be taxed $3.50 to enter the CBD during peak hour.

The congestion charge of up to $3.50 could be implemented within three years under a proposal unveiled by officials.

It is hoped a congestion charge would spur people to leave their cars behind but there are concerns those who are less well off could feel the pinch.

Do you agree with the proposed congestion charge of $3.50?
  • 20.3% Yes
    20.3% Complete
  • 71.9% No
    71.9% Complete
  • 7.8% Undecided. It's too complex.
    7.8% Complete
893 votes
2 days ago

Would you pay $3.50 to enter the CBD by car - and again to leave?

Todd Niall Reporter from Auckland Stuff

Hi Neighbours, The shape of a possible congestion charging scheme has become clearer today with the release of the officials' report. Would you get out of your car ? Read the story below: