This memo appears in the KDC Agenda Meeting notes (24 Feb 2010, page 93-94) and is part of the public record for anyone to view. A copy of this is available in the Dargaville Public Library for those interested in reading more. My response letter to KDC (23 Feb 2010) is the previous post in this blog. Read this Memo shown below from Mr. Cochane and ask yourself if his attitude towards the Baylys Beach community is without considerable contempt....I have highlighted in RED some very nice words he has for the Kaipara District Council on how to deal with our community.
The Mayor Neill Tiller
Councilor Crahah Taylor
CEO Jack McKerchar
I have a notice of meeting for a Waste Wdter public Meeting at Baylys Beach on 3rd
February. I am stongly in support but unfortunately am unable to be there. Phil Lash
from Reyburn and Bryant will attend on my behalf. I made repeated efforts to arrange a
meeting with members of the Council ( to discuss my views on future development) since
I met with you both in mid October, but was unsuccessful.
With respect I will make several points relevant to the coming meeting, which I have
forwarded to Fiona for her consideration.
I have an opinion that it would be wrong to have a discussion with the community
regarding future development. In my experience the people who are negative about
growth are always the articulate community members. This is the case at Baylys with the
American doctor, Darwin. I f you ask that question oft he commurity you wiil open it up
for him to hi-jack the meeting. I have seen him do it before. In my opinion if you ask
residents of any town whether they want development they would be negative. Why
change their slice of paradise?
The Council has indicated areas for further development at Baylys Beach in the Proposed
District Plan. This is a responsible attitude and wilt promote growth and increase the
The fact of the matter is that it is most unlikely that there will be any further development
at Bayl)s Beach with-out a wastewater scheme. A. residential style development would
be virtually impossible.
There is a need to stongly promote a scheme, rather ask the community if it is
Council should be informed that two years ago I had a sale and purchase agreement to
buy more land beside my present development. The agreement was subject to a water
water scheme being provided by Council, which has for some years been on the agenda.
Unfortunately the scheme hasn't been delivered so the agreement lapsed. I presented a
plan to a Council group (Jack was there) which had a further 250 sections with a small
commercial area, park and playground. So there was the further development. I would
have had it re-zoned by now.
The land is still there and will be developed one day. I am of he opinion that it won't be
by any present Baylys resident; rather somebody like me.
Meeting strategy and Cost:
I have made the point to Fiona that a united Council and a well thought out strategy for
the meeting is important. Just another chat to the community is not what they expect.
They now want something real in terms of cost and the terms of payment/delivery. Peter
Elliot's last set of figures seemed to be do-able and I think the community would go for it.
I am also of the opinion that it would be pointless to ask the community whether they
want a sewage scheme. You will get negative argument from the outspoken residents
again. I spent a month there over Christmas and the feeling amongst the people I spoke to
on the subject is positive. They know they need it.
I was shocked when I saw the poor septic dispersal areas and heard comments passed on
from contractors who have been up-grading the storm water system.
There is now a national perspective that the environment needs to be protected from
water-water and any talk of opposing a scheme at Baylys beach is a nonsense.
The history of the proposed scheme is irrelevant. the timing is right in terms of a
competitive pricing environment. I have had my resource consent extended so I am on
board with my agreed contribution to the scheme. Any further delay and this won't be the
case. I will have to comply with my obligation to install a private scheme and a
community scheme will then no longer be viable.
On a positive note the enquiry for section sales is improving.
Chris Cochrane 26/01/010