Pipeline likely to be built offshore
4 September 2003
Public concern about possible use of the South New Brighton Park or beach
for stringing pipe lengths together for the Ocean
Outfall may lead to the
ocean section of the pipeline being built offshore, says City Council City
Water and Waste Manager, Mike Stockwell.
A legal opinion from the Council's Legal services Manager says it is legally
feasible to site temporary construction works on these reserves, but public
notification procedures under the Reserves Act would be necessary.
This necessity combined with the clear public message against obstructing
a reserve makes use of these areas most unlikely. Construction offshore
could add $3m to construction costs if storms hit during this section of
the Outfall project, Mr Stockwell says.
Legal opinion also indicates that the Council could legally place the pipeline
underground across reserves without public notification, between the oxidation
ponds and the sea, subject to Department of Conservation consent under the
Residents in Beatty and Jellicoe streets are being consulted on the pipeline
A report to the November Council meeting is likely to recommend a definitive
street route, Mr Stockwell says.
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