|2 April 2001|
Major Milestone For Green Edge Concept
A major milestone has been taken that marks a significant development for Christchurch.
This was the lodging
of applications for consents concerned with discharges from the Christchurch
City Councils wastewater treatment plant.
The Council will seek six consents, including the discharge of treated wastewater into the Estuary and odours and gases into the air, from Environment Canterbury.
The City Councils
own Environmental Services Unit will consider three applications for consents
for changes to land use.
The chairman of the City Services Committee, Cr. Denis ORourke, says this milestone follows widespread public consultation that brought a 77 per cent support for the Councils plans.
The support was
given to the continued discharge into the Estuary rather than such alternatives
as a long-ocean pipeline.
The Council intends to treat the wastewater to a high standard as a top priority.
The lodging of the consent applications will come after more than four years investigations by the Council, along with public input, that concern the improvement in the quality of wastewater to recreational standards and to continue to discharge to the Estuary for another 15 years.
A key component
of the Councils 15-year wastewater upgrade package includes the creation
of a Green Edge along the western margins of the Avon-Heathcote Estuary, including
the sites of Linwood Paddocks, Bexley Reserve, and the oxidation ponds.