Almost 70 people wish to speak to Council about the Annual Plan, the document that sets out the District’s activities, income and expenses for the coming year, and establishes the rates for property owners.
6/05/2014 4:44 p.m.
Submissions on the 2014-15 Annual Plan closed on 28 April, with 140 people sending in comments and requests, and 69 electing to speak face to face to the Council at hearings later this month.
The topics covered by submitters were wide ranging, with a large proportion relating to improving or increasing recreational facilities, such as walkways,
and stadiums. Several requested that funding for a multi-sports complex at Hikurangi be brought forward. Hikurangi people also asked for thought to be given to a new rifle range at Flyger Road.
Eight submissions requested that public toilets be installed at the BMX track on Pohe Island, and several others requested enhanced facilities at the dog park, a park for the elderly and other general improvements.
Ten submissions were received about the Hundertwasser Art Centre, split 50/50 for and against. Several submitters asked that transfer station hours not be reduced. A number of Waipu residents asked for improvements to footpaths and cycleways in and to and from Waipu. They also asked for tattered flags to be replaced.
A number of submissions raced different roading issues, with several specifically relating to the effects of the logging industry.
One submitter will be pleased to know that their solitary plea for bus stops to be made smoke free has already been granted. Hearings will be held on 13 and 14 May. Council will deliberate on the submissions on 4 June, and the final Annual Plan will be adopted on 25 June.