Icepak to quit Tamahere

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The Icepak coolstore site in Tamahere will be clear of all commercial activity in 18 month’s time after the company and the Waikato District Council reached an agreement today.

At the end of the 18 month period – June 2010 – the site’s land use will revert to the underlying country living zone – a residential zoning that applies to the surrounding area.

The Icepak site, scene of the blast and fire in April that claimed the life of fireman Derek Lovell and injured seven others, is for sale. But the agreement negotiated by the council means Icepak immediately relinquishes resource consents for the bulk of the site. The company will, however, use the remaining coolstore for 18 months.

When the time is up Icepak will close operations, the council said in a media release today.

This deal was negotiated by the council in consultation with community members including the Tamahere Fire Action Group.

Mayor Peter Harris said it had been a difficult deal to broker.

“Despite the difficulties we are very pleased with this outcome and are particularly grateful for the community’s understanding as we worked through the legal process,” he said.

The existing coolstore has met building consent requirements and the council issued a consent after consultation with the Fire Service.

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