Property prices, poison and public rights

August 1, 2009

It looks like a bloody no-brainer to Alf: the public is entitled to know if a chunk of property might have been contaminated by chemicals. Providing them with this information is more important than any threat to property prices.

Perhaps brains are in short supply on the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council.

But it seems the buggers resisted revealing the locations of thousands of potentially contaminated sites.

Now the ombudsman has ruled that public safety is more important than the possible effects on property prices.
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