Saddle Hill quarrying concerns

Quarry questions . . . Dr Colin Mackintosh, of Saddle Hill, leaves Ocean View Hall last week after speaking in the Saddle Hill Community Board public forum. PHOTO: SHAWN MCAVINUE

Concerns about quarrying continuing in Saddle Hill have been raised by two Taieri men.

Dr Colin Mackintosh, of Saddle Hill, spoke in the Saddle Hill Community Board public forum last month about his concerns about quarrying continuing.

Dr Mackintosh said he believed the law dictated a quarry operation to run continuously for existing-use rights to be maintained.

He believed quarrying in Saddle Hill had stopped for a period of time.

Consequently, he questioned why the Dunedin City Council would allow quarrying to continue and had not made the operator apply for mining rights.

“I would really like to know why?”

Dunedin City Council resource consents manager Alan Worthington, speaking at the meeting, said the law ruled quarrying had been continuous in Saddle Hill.

Although digging of material had stopped, other parts of the operation continued, such as material being available on-site for people to buy.

“They are doing enough to sustain the existing-use rights,” Mr Worthington said.

Colin Weatherall, of Brighton, also speaking in the forum, said the 250th anniversary of Saddle Hill being acknowledged by Captain James Cook would be celebrated next year.

“It’s the oldest landmark acknowledged in our part of the world.”

Mr Weatherall said he was concerned about the deepening of the quarry within the scope of existing-use rights and the impact it could have on land stability.