4 Dec 2018

High Court decision a victory for Yaldhurst residents

5:51 pm on 4 December 2018

Christchurch residents are celebrating a High Court decision that has blocked a new quarry from being constructed near the airport and their houses.

Quarries warn rising business costs may go higher

Quarries warn rising business costs may go higher Photo: 123.rf

Justice Davidson has backed an Environment Court decision from last year that prevented Harewood Gravels from developing the quarry on Conservators Road, in Yaldhurst.

There are several other quarries in the area that provide gravel for the earthquake rebuild.

Harewood Gravels appealed the decision to the High Court and local residents spent about $100,000 fighting the case.

A resident of more than a decade, Peter Mahoney, said if they did not fight, then they would be living smack bang in the middle of all the quarries.

"This is our house, we built it, we raised our family in it, we bought it because we want to be here for the long haul," he said.

He said dust, noise and traffic were also a concern for the residents.

A Harewood Gravels spokesperson said the company wouldn't be interviewed.

However, it was still assessing the decision and its next steps.

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