Agreement reached over Arrowtown pumps

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An against a petrol station for Arrowtown has been withdrawn.

RD Petroleum was granted consent in January for its $750,000 unmanned fuel station on a bare site on the corner of Berkshire and Wiltshire Sts.

However, 11 Arrowtown residents, represented by GTodd Law, lodged an appeal with the Environment Court on the final day of the appeal period. 

RD Petroleum managing director Don Harvey tells the Otago Daily Times the company and the opposition group have reached an agreement.

“We have … agreed to have a close-down period [preventing] vehicle access from 11pm and 5am to appease the neighbours’ perceived concerns.

“Hopefully the neighbours will see their perceived concerns were ill-judged and it won’t create any noise whatsoever, but we’ve done this just to move forward.” 

Harvey says changes to the consent have been made and approved by the council.

Work can now start at the site.

The station will have two underground tanks and two pumps with diesel and 91 and 98 petrol, under a canopy.

Originally it was hoped the station would be open by winter, but it’ll be later now because of the appeal.

Reasons for the appeal included that the consent hearing commissioner failed to give adequate consideration to the adverse effects on neighbours and the conditions were described as “inadequate”.

The submissions contended the commissioner was wrong that it would be difficult to close the proposed facility overnight and the decision to grant 24-hour operations was “not justifiable”.

Otago Daily Times