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Published: 2001-06-29 00:00:00

Environment Waikato has made no offer to upper catchment Piako farmers that costs would not be sought from them in exchange for the farmers dropping their court appeal over the Piako flood protection scheme.

Chief Executive Barry Harris said the only suggestion of that nature had come from the solicitor acting for the group. The suggestion had not been given any consideration by the Council.

The group of upper catchment farmers had sought a judicial review of the Council’s decision to rate them. The review by the High Court found the Council’s decision was legal and awarded costs against the farmers, a decision they were now taking to the Court of Appeal.

Mr Harris said the Council respected the right of any resident to question the decisions of Council and to have those decisions tested in a court if they felt it necessary.