12 Nov 2012

Council offers amnesty to irrigators

1:37 pm on 12 November 2012

Hawke's Bay Regional Council is offering a fortnight's amnesty from Monday to irrigators on the Heretaunga Plains without a resource consent, before instituting a clampdown.

Compliance manager Bryce Lawrence says the illegal take of water has been a big issue for the council for some time.

Mr Lawrence says staff recently located three landowners in the Twyford area west of Hastings who were irrigating without a consent.