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Investigating faults before review

27 Nov 2015

Investigating faults before review

Council are currently investigating the need for a review of a resource consent, after residents in Moana Road complained last month about overhead Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) cables installed by Chorus.

All UFB cables will be removed from the power poles Moana Road until the investigation is completed.

“We’re assessing if there are any inaccuracies with Chorus’s initial application with regard to the visual impact assessment,” says consents manager Reginald Proffit.

A report on the visual impact of the cables was submitted with the consent application.

“The consent was granted based on that report which indicated the visual impacts to be very low.

“We’re now identifying if there are any errors with the report to see if a formal review of the consent and its conditions is needed.”

Over the next two weeks, an independent landscape architect and Council staff will identify if there are any errors that would have affected the original consent conditions or decision.

“If there is enough evidence then we will start a formal review of the consent.

“Any conditions directing Chorus to put the cables underground could be considered during that process.” 

Staff met with Chorus last Tuesday to discuss the action Council would take.

Chorus sent a letter to residents on the weekend advising them of the temporary removal of cables and the investigation by Council.

“We’re using the processes available to us under the RMA to resolve this issue with both residents and Chorus,” says Mr Proffit.