Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Landscaping firm slips up with coastal activity

Landscaping firm slips up with illegal coastal activity

October 12, 2006

Carrying out illegal work within the root zone of protected trees in the Coastal Conservation Area and failing to comply with an abatement notice has cost a North Shore City landscaping firm $20,000.


Contract Landscapes Ltd and their project manager, Peter Gallagher, pleaded guilty at Auckland District court to charges of carrying out building work in the Coastal Conservation Area without first obtaining resource consent.

The charges relate to work carried out at 8a Seacliffe Avenue, Takapuna late last year, when large retaining walls, an over height fence and decking had been put in place without council consent.

" Some of the work was close to the cliff edge, which is a particularly sensitive area and requires specific consent from the council,> "> says North Shore City> '> s compliance and monitoring team leader, David Frith.

" Postholes had been dug within the root zones of protected trees and these have already had a noticeable effect on the health of one large pohutukawa,> " says Mr Frith.

Work continued even after service of an abatement notice under the Resource Management Act 1991 requiring work to cease until a resource consent was obtained. Failure to comply with the notice can lead to two years imprisonment or fines up to $200,000 per offence, plus $20,000 per day for a continuing offence.

>

> Environment Judge C.J. Thompson accepted guilty pleas on three charges and took an offer of $12,000 payment towards the council> '> s cost of prosecution into consideration when imposing sentence, which resulted in a total of $20,000 in fines and costs.

> "> The property owner, who was overseas at the time of the offences, has since been granted resource consents for the work to be carried out, but with conditions imposed to minimise adverse effects,> "> says Mr Frith.

> "> New building work in the coastal conservation area is required to go through the resource consent process to retain the amenity of the area. The protection of coastal vegetation is important to maintain the stability of coastal cliffs.

>

> "> Owners of properties in coastal areas do need to recognise that they live in a particularly sensitive area and that rules have been put in place to protect the coastal environment that we all enjoy,> "> he says.

>

> The council urges property owners to seek advice from the planning Help Desk or from our advisory planners before carrying out work on coastal properties.

>

> For further information please contact Actionline on 486 8600 or visit the council> '> s website at www.northshorecity.govt.nz

Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Also, Loan Interest: Productivity Commission On Tertiary Education

Key recommendations include better quality control; making it easier for students to transfer between courses; abolishing University Entrance; enabling tertiary institutions to own and control their assets; making it easier for new providers to enter the system; and facilitating more and faster innovation by tertiary education providers... More>>

ALSO:

Higher Payments: Wellington Regional Council Becomes A Living Wage Employer

Councillor Sue Kedgley said she was delighted that the Wellington Regional Council unanimously adopted her motion to become a Living Wage employer, making it the first regional council in New Zealand to do so. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Images:
Dame Patsy Reddy Sworn In As Governor-General

This morning Dame Patsy Reddy was sworn in as the New Zealand Realm’s 21st Governor-General. The ceremony began with a pōwhiri to welcome Dame Patsy and her husband Sir David Gascoigne to Parliament. More>>

ALSO:

Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>

ALSO:

With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>

ALSO:

Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news