Axe yet to fall on firewood business

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Silverdale Landscape Services in Stillwater continues its fight to stay open after receiving an abatement notice from Auckland Council (HM November 4).

The business includes supply of firewood and this work resulted in a large number of complaints about noise to Council.

The notice, which was issued because the company is breaching the rules of the Countryside Living zone in which it operates, was to come into force on November 20, preventing the business from continuing. However, Council advises that owner Ruth Pine has requested an extension, and that is currently being considered.

Since the story ran on November 4, Hibiscus Matters has been contacted by several people who are at their wits end with the noisy firewood business and want it to close, and an equal number in support of it continuing.

Ruth says she hopes that the three-month extension can be granted, providing her company lets Council know how the adverse effects of the business will be mitigated during that period.

She says trying to avoid closure may involve reducing operating hours and a reduction in the noise produced by chainsaws but those discussions with Council are ongoing.

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