The Titirangi Protection Group and local residents took their case to the Environment Court today. The hearing focused on the meaning and effect of the current designation that covers the 57 hectares site from Scenic Drive to the end of Exhibition Drive.
Watercare argue that designation on the 57 hectares can include erection of structures or associated work relating to water supply purposes including any of the following - laboratories, reservoirs, chemical storage, dams, carparks, roads, plant & machinery, storage depots, sludge dumps, sediment ponds, filtration ponds, offices.
And that it is 100% clear in plain and ordinary words to a plain and reasonable member of the public that it's the purpose of the designation to include these.
We contend that it doesn’t.
The judge gave both sides a full hearing and was robust with his line of questioning. He reserved his decision and we expect to get this by Christmas. The community’s voice must be heard. The fight is not over.