Fees: Have a say

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Welling­ton Re­gional Coun­cil is to in­tro­duce a new fees sched­ule for park lease ap­pli­ca­tions.

Its so­cial and cul­tural well­be­ing com­mit­tee voted unan­i­mously in favour of a fees sched­ule. The pro­posal will go out for pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion.

Com­mit­tee chair­man Nigel Wil­son said ratepay­ers were be­ing forced to sub­sidise the pri­vate ad­van­tage of some com­mer­cial op­er­a­tors.

Pre­vi­ously com­plex ap­pli­ca­tions have re­quired hun­dreds of hours of of­fi­cers’ time and the charge was a sin­gle lodge­ment fee of $175.

A non-no­ti­fied re­source con­sent ap­pli­ca­tion would re­quire a de­posit of $1610 and a no­ti­fied ap­pli­ca­tion $5106. Of­fi­cers’ time would be charged at $110 an hour. The re­gional coun­cil would re­serve the right to waive the fees.

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