Further to our earlier post, and following representations to Beth Houlbrooke, Chair of the Rodney Local Board, along with Councillor Greg Sayers, we have now been advised by Beth as follows:
Dear community groups
Several of you have expressed your concerns either verbally or in writing regarding the impending closure of the Lawrie Road transfer station.
I am very pleased to be able to provide you with the news below, which came about as a result of Cr Sayers and I calling an urgent meeting with Cr Penny Hulse (Chair of the Environment and Community Committee of Auckland Council), and council officers from Waste Solutions, Infrastructure & Environmental Services, and engineers from the closed landfill team, last Monday. In this meeting we successfully re-opened the door for the contractor to negotiate an extended lease with Auckland Council. The following e-mail has just been received:
“Re: 55 Lawrie Road, Warkworth and 141 Rustybrook Road Wellsford Transfer Stations – lease extension.
“Both 55 Lawrie Road, Warkworth and 141 Rustybrook Road Wellsford contain closed landfill assets managed by council. These sites are leased to Northland Waste. The lease commenced in 1998 and will expire on 30 September 2018. In response to community concern about waste disposal services in the area, Auckland Council has offered Northland Waste an extension to the lease on both sites through to the end of June 2019. This extension has been accepted by Northland Waste.
“At the end of the extension of the lease, Auckland Council will undertake the necessary remediation work on the sites. Both sites are on old landfills which are managed by Auckland Council’s closed landfill team. Significant improvement and renewal works need to take place to manage the risk to safety of the public and the environment posed by failing landfill infrastructure on both the Lawrie Road and Rustybrook Road sites. The lease extension includes conditions to allow for the continued investigation and monitoring of the sites to ensure site safety and to inform the required remediation.
“In the meantime the Waste Solutions team will issue communication and media releases to inform the public about the availability of service in the area and any future changes to service. Officers will also work together with the Rodney Local Board and stakeholders to put in place interim measures for the time period between 30 June 2019 and the end of the remediation works on both sites.”
Thank you to all of you who wrote to members of the Governing Body and senior staff to pass on the depth of feeling in the community on this matter; I am quite sure it was instrumental in bringing about this change of tune.