By ROBYN BRISTOW
More than 3000 people have signed an online petition opposing a proposal to quarry the Rangiora racecourse.
Opposition is expected to grow, with a paper petition now available in the town’s Trevor Inch Memorial Library, catering for those with no computer access.
Petition organiser Marilyn Davison says many people have expressed frustration at not being able to sign the petition online, so she contacted Waimakariri Mayor Dan Gordon and the library about putting a paper petition in the library.
Taggart Earthmoving Ltd has applied to the Waimakariri District Council to establish a quarry inside the track, and on racecourse land to the northeast.
It anticipates it will extract up to 700,000 cubic metres of material over 15 years.
Nearby residents have aired concerns it will devalue their properties, and fear dust and noise will disturb their lifestyle. Rangiora Harness Racing Club president Greg Wright says the club needs income from the racecourse to support ongoing work there. The club supported the Taggart application. “Taggart get the shingle and we derive some income.”