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Sutton's public access claims shredded by sawmill ruling

Posted on 23 Jul 2005
The decision to deny resource consent for a Coromandel sawmill, largely based on public use of a nearby marginal strip, justifies ACT’s stance against the imposition of such strips on private property, says ACT Rural Affairs spokesman Gerry Eckhoff. 
 
“This ruling sends property owners a strong signal that public access to or near their land will result in protracted legal arguments in the Environment Court by occasional users of a public access strip,” Mr Eckhoff said. 
 
“Shania Twain suffered from a similar problem when the local environmental society opposed her application to build a home which would be visible from an access track she had just given for public use.
 
“Where are the rights of the landowner to develop a business in New Zealand?  The dual impost of the RMA and public access will shut down industry, not to mention the right to build a home on your own land.
 
“It makes a mockery of Jim Sutton’s claims that private property will not be affected by a marginal strip.  A public access strip has rendered this private property worthless for industrial use. 
 
“Yesterday’s ruling should sound the death knell for any more such proposals to allow for public access to private property,” Mr Eckhoff said.
 
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Gerry Eckhoff MP                    
gerrard.eckhoff@parliament.govt.nz
Phone:            04 470 6791  /  027 221 3575
Fax:                 04 473 3532
Scott Dennison, Press Secretary
scott.dennison@parliament.govt.nz
Phone:            04 470 6622  /  027 450 1407