TCC queries firm’s expansion

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Tamahere-based transport company Regal Haulage is expanding buildings at its Airport Rd base in order to include its truck body manufacturing on-site, reports the Tamahere Community Committee.

The Waikato District Council granted resource consents for the 1300sq m building expansion without requiring that the consent application be publicly notified as it regarded the alteration to existing consents as minor, the committee heard.

But the committee disagreed with the council decision, which enables the company to almost double the size of its buildings.

“With 30 new staff, a new workshop building truck bodies, plus an increase in vehicle movements and the hours of operation, the committee feels that this work is not minor at all, and the community should have been notified,” the TCC noted.

“We are also concerned at the gradual creep that will now occur … as their business grows and the impact that will have on the community,” it said.

The TCC is to challenge the council’s decision to grant the consents without public notification.

Speed limit change

Driving speeds are to be slower in the future on Annebrook and Cedar Park roads.

Currently 100km/hour, the speed limit on the two roads is to drop to 70km/hour as a result of the annual review of the speed limit bylaw.

Roundabout never

A council proposal for a roundabout on the Newell Rd-Birchwood Lane intersection has been shelved.

Council general manager of roading Ian Gooden told the committee the project, which drew objections from the committee when it was mooted in October, would not now proceed.

The minutes of the Tamahere Community Committee’s meetings are here in full.

5 thoughts on “TCC queries firm’s expansion

  • January 22, 2013 at 9:48 am
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    Great to see the new truck / trailer manufacturing building finally going up at the rear of Regals yard. I am sure the community will benefit from this with additonal jobs being required. Tamahere needs more industry so between Regals addition and the quarry we are very fortunate to have these couple of industyries that I am sure will provide jobs and will have monetary returns for our community.As Arnold has confirmed the trailer building process will / should supply at least an additional 25 jobs to the local area.

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  • December 13, 2012 at 9:39 pm
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    I am on the committee and look at the calibre of them and ask what relevance it is to how long one has lived in Tamahere. The” Mchardies” have already got a factory In Tauwhare where they make truck bodies on land owned by them. Where on earth do you get the so called “pompous” behavior from, maybe you should attend one of our meetings and get a handle on what really goes on.

    In reply to Meg the manufacture of truck bodies already takes place and the creation of jobs can continue at Tauwhare.

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  • December 12, 2012 at 5:36 am
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    30 extra jobs skilled and unskilled is not to be ignored in this economic climate is it?

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  • December 11, 2012 at 9:13 am
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    Hi.

    The committee appear to have very poor memories.
    I am sure that the curent REGAL depot (originally CRONINs)was at the same site well before many of the so called committee even thought about moving to this now upperclass area.
    The McHardies that own Regal come from Tauwhare and are more local than most on the committee.
    I think the committee need to get off their high horse and take a look at their pompose behaviour and views.

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  • December 10, 2012 at 10:39 pm
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    The council has had the wool pulled over their eyes. The increase of staff of the present 5 building to 30 is more than minor.

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