REMAINS of the Opotiki drill hall stand piled and unfenced on the corner of St John and Ford streets. Photo James Sandbrook OB4748-01

THE debris of Opotiki’s old drill hall remains nine months after it burned to the ground.
Following the fire, the owners were contacted on multiple occasions by the Opotiki District Council to clear the site.

With deadlines imposed and extended, the latest clearing deadline of Septem-
ber 1, has come and gone.

Planning and regulatory group manager Gerard McCormack said the council would now have to consider taking legal action.

“While some debris has been removed and some put in piles, the notice has not been complied with to council’s satisfaction,” he said.

“Council is now considering the options available under the Litter Act.

“If the council brings a prosecution, we are able to apply for a court order to clear the debris.

“We still remain hopeful that we won’t need to go through expensive court action but that is now one of the options we are pursuing,” Mr McCormack said.

james.sandbrook@opotikinews.co.nz