Regal Haulage’s truck wash in the Tamahere Reserve remains shut down after the company was fined $1500 by the Waikato Regional Council for breaching its resource consent.
The alarm was raised over the decrepit nature of the drainage system from the truck wash and its impact downstream by concerned local Owen Trolove in February.
The facility was closed down by the regional council, which then launched an investigation into the discharge.
Today, council industry and infrastructure manager Brent Sinclair told Tamahere Forum that Regal had breached both its consent and an already issued abatement notice – two infringments each earning a fine of $750.
The council has now also directed Regal to cease using the truck wash “until such a time that it has provided and implemented a plan describing changes to be implemented to prevent a recurrence of discharges in contravention of the abatement notice and resource consent.”
It is now up to Regal Haulage to respond, Sinclair said. The council would continue to inspect the site at intervals.
“Regal Haulage has cooperated with us by immediately closing the truck wash when asked,” he said, “and we expect this cooperation will continue as it develops a robust, long term solution to this problem.”
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The Waikato District Council, which leases the 8600 sq metres of plateau atop the 4.6ha reserve to Regal for $4250 a year, has previously said it would await the outcome of the regional council’s investigation and “review the situation, and take the appropriate action in conjunction with Regal Haulage as the tenant.”
When Tamahere Forum visited the area with Owen Trolove in late February it was strewn with rubbish ranging from plastic rubbish bags, bottles and tyres to bricks, twisted metal and cracking timber. Several sheds on site were falling down and piled with rubbish.
The dump-like state of the site appeared to breach the 2002 lease agreement between Regal and the district council.
The agreement, originally for a five year term but since 2007 continued on a month by month basis, requires Regal to keep the land “free from litter or other unsightly or offensive material” as well as “keep all buildings, fences, gates, drains and other improvements … in good order, condition and repair”.
Regal Group joint managing director Brett McHardie said in February he would not comment on the reasons for the shutdown but said he wanted the situation resolved as soon as practicable.
The company’s stated mission is to provide “innovative, vertically integrated, logistical solutions … with minimal impact on the environment.”