HERE ARE THE RESULTS OF THE QUESTIONNAIRE
RETURNED as of JUNE 28, 2010
The results are expressed as a percentage of the 139 returned
(of 217 total sent out there was a return rate of 64%)
1) So we can accurately describe our Baylys Beach community please tell us about your property (if you have received more than one questionnaire it is because you may own more than one property, so please fill out a questionnaire for each): Note some respondents checked more than one answer so the percentages may add to more than 100%.
43%_____ Our dwelling or house is a full-time residence
31%_____ It is a part-time residence or holiday home
17%_____ It is a full-time rental home
6% ____ It is a seasonal or part-time holiday rental
2%_____ It has no dwelling or living quarters on the section
2) During most of the year how many people reside at the property:
51%_____ 1-2 people
21%_____ 3-4 people
5%_____ 5 or more people
3) During peak times, such as holidays, how many people on average are in residence:
32%_____ 0-2 people
43%_____ 3-4 people
22%_____ 5 or more people
4) Does the property or section have an on-site septic tank for wastewater disposal?
0%_____ Not Sure
5) If you have a septic tank, how old do you think it is?
76%____ more than 10 years old
12%_____ probably between 5 and 10 years old
7%_____ less than 5 years old
4%_____ no septic tank on the section
6) To the best of your knowledge, the operation of your septic tank seems …
78%_____ to work all the time just fine (no smelly odours)
15%_____ to need some service or cleaning to make it work better (occasionally smelly odours)
2%____ to not work very well (smelly odours and coloured water leaking around the property)
1%_____ to be a big mystery (don’t worry…you’re not alone!)
3%_____ no septic tank on the section
The following questions relate to the Kaipara District Council (KDC) plan to design, build and operate a multi-million dollar reticulated wastewater scheme for Baylys Beach that could serve for future growth up to 600 homes. A reticulated sewerage system refers to the system of pipes, sewers and drains that convey sewage from your property to the sewage treatment plant at Dargaville or a new plant Baylys Beach.
7) Do you believe that the Baylys Beach community has problems with wasterwater contamination due to the current use of existing septic tanks on individual properties?
10%_____ Yes, and probably for almost all properties in our neighbourhood
54%_____ Yes, but probably limited to a few older houses or older bachs
22%_____ No, not a problem at all
14%_____ Not sure
8) Do you believe that the Baylys Beach community needs a multi-million dollar community-wide reticulated wastewater system to replace the existing on-site septic tanks that currently serve individual properties?
18%_____ Not sure
9) Do you believe that the Baylys Beach community needs some kind of new wastewater system, perhaps a less expensive alternative to a multi-million dollar reticulated system, that will serve the entire community and replace the existing on-site septic tanks that currently serve individual properties?
27%_____ Not sure
10) Do you believe that the Baylys Beach community should have individual new eco-friendly and innovative on-site wastewater systems on each property to replace existing septic tanks?
26%_____ Not sure
11) If the central government or regional council were to impose on the Baylys Beach community higher standards for residential wastewater runoff, which of the following options for your residence or property would you favour?
19%_____ A community-wide reticulated scheme that would serve up to 600 homes
32%_____ On-site system for my individual residence or property
55%_____ Want to see other options if available for our community
12) If you have an on-site system (old or new) would you be prepared to pay for an inspection or Warranty of Fitness every few years that might cost about $100 to $200?
13%____ Undecided at this time
3%____ Does not apply, as there is no septic tank on the property at this time
If the KDC decides to construct a community-wide reticulated waste water system at Baylys Beach all Units of Demand (which means a house or bach or vacant section) will be required to connect to the system and pay a property connection fee (even if you just installed a new septic tank that works just fine). The term 'property connection' is used to describe the piece of the sewerage system connecting the private property “Unit of Demand” to the council's reticulated sewerage system.
This means for each property you own, even if it is vacant land with no dwelling, you will be required to pay a connection fee.
The KDC published estimates it might cost $10,000, $20,000 or more than $30,000 for the connection fee for each house or section and have an annual operating charge (to be paid as an annual rates charge) of at least $1,000 or more per year for a community-wide reticulated wastewater system.
13) Could you afford a $10,000 connection fee?
12%_____ Yes without major financial problems
27%_____ Yes, but it would be a financial hardship
35%_____ Not without taking some loans or asking family
26%_____ No. would force us to sell up and move out
14) Could you afford $20,000 or more for a connection fee?
6%_____ Yes without major financial problems
16%_____ Yes, but it would be a financial hardship
37%_____ Not without taking some loans or asking family
41%_____ No. would force us to sell up and move out
15) Will you be able to pay annual operating charges of $1,000 or more for each household connection?
17%_____ Yes without major financial problems
48%_____ Yes, but it would be a financial hardship
14%_____ Not without taking some loans or asking family
22%_____ No, would force us to sell up and move out
16) If you own a stand-alone vacant section or adjacent vacant section to your current home, the Council will charge you 50% of the annual “operating charge” even with no use or hook-up of the system. Will you be able to pay a $500 or more annual operating charge for an empty section?
81%_____ Does not apply to me because I do not own an empty or vacant section
2%_____ Yes without major financial problems
10%_____ Yes, but it would be a financial hardship
1%_____ Not without taking some loans or asking family
5%_____ No. would force us to sell the section
17) Do you believe that the rate-payers of the Baylys Beach community can afford a multi-million dollar wastewater scheme?
18%_____ Not sure
18) The reticulated Managawhai Wastewater scheme approved by the Kaipara District Council was estimated to initially cost about $9 to $12 Million, but now is costing more than $56 Million (as per estimates by KDC of April 2010). Does this raise a concern for you in terms of Baylys Beach?
19) How do you feel about the current Kaipara District Council’s consultation process with the Baylys Beach rate-payers about future plans for dealing with our wastewater?
4%_____ Excellent communication, clear, informative and open to discussion
27%_____ Fair communication, a few problems with information, facts and figures
53%_____ Poor communication, misinformation, biased and not open for discussion
21%_____ My own words: Almost all these comments (except 1 or 2) were negative about KDC consultation, the process of KDC consultation, and the agenda of KDC.
20) For the upcoming district elections would you like to know from each of the candidates running for Mayor and/or Council their position on plans for a multi-million dollar reticulated wastewater scheme for Baylys Beach?
4%_____ Have not decided at this time