Fulton Hogan says it’s pleased with the number and content of the submissions lodged in relation to its’ consent application for the proposed Roydon Quarry on Jones Road near Templeton.
South Island General Manager Craig Stewart says the consultation process undertaken, which sought to actively involve the local community in the design of the quarry and in measures to reduce dust, noise and any other environmental impacts, is positively reflected by both the number of submissions in support of the consent application and also in balance the number of submissions in opposition.
It’s believed that close to 450 submissions have been received with roughly a quarter of the submissions in support of the quarry. Of the submissions in opposition, some common or reoccurring issues or concerns are noise from the site, the number of trucks on roads, air quality and dust management on the site and the use of water.
A common theme in many of the submissions has been the use of local roads by heavy vehicles, although as Mr Stewart notes, 90% of all vehicle movements will be via the Christchurch Southern Motorway and no heavy vehicle movements are proposed through the Templeton township unless a delivery is within Templeton itself.
Mr Stewart says the company has always been committed to running an open process, engaging with many of the submitters and will continue to work with these parties and the wider community through the remainder of the consent process in the lead up to the consent hearings.
‘Fulton Hogan appreciates the time and effort people have put in to making submissions and looks forward to continuing to talk with submitters and other interested parties.”
Mr Stewart is also pleased with the quality of submissions in support of the quarry from the wider infrastructure, contracting and construction sector.
“ While there has been debate around the perceived negative impacts the proposed quarry might have, there are, for many people, positive impacts.”