Hun­dreds have say on coun­cil plan

Matamata Chronicle - - Front Page - By KA­T­RINA LINTONBON

Mata­mata-Pi­ako Dis­trict Coun­cil has re­ceived an un­prece­dented amount of sub­mis­sions for its long term Our Com­mu­nity Our Fu­ture Plan 2012-22.

A to­tal of 483 sub­mis­sions were sent in by peo­ple from across the dis­trict, a fig­ure that the coun­cil is ex­tremely pleased with.

Mayor Hugh Ver­coe said the coun­cil urged peo­ple to have a say and it was great to see peo­ple had taken the op­por­tu­nity to do so.

‘‘It’s so en­cour­ag­ing to see that mem­bers of our com­mu­nity have come on board and told us how they feel,’’ Mr Ver­coe said.

Dis­sat­is­fac­tion about pro­posed pan charges trig­gered a lot of sub­mis­sions with a whopping 196 sub­mis­sions to do with pan charges only.

Ninety-four sub­mis­sions were re­ceived tar­get­ing pan charges and var­i­ous other is­sues af­fect­ing the dis­trict.

Nine­teen sub­mis­sions were from or­gan­i­sa­tions re­quest­ing fund­ing.

There were 12 sub­mis­sions re­lat­ing specif­i­cally to the public safety by­law or the foot­path tax which could see busi­nesses charged a fee for use of the foot­path in front of their premises.

The up­grade of Headon Sta­dium and Mata­mata Li­brary were also hot top­ics, as was the build­ing of a com­pletely new sports sta­dium at Mata­mata Do­main with 72 sub­mis­sions for youth de­vel­op­ment.

Ninety-three sub­mis­sions dis­cussed var­i­ous is­sues in­clud­ing rate in­creases.

Coun­cil com­mu­ni­ca­tions of­fi­cer Jenni Cochrane said the coun­cil hadn’t done an anal­y­sis of for or against for pan charges or the public safety by­law be­cause a num­ber of sub­mis­sions sup­ported a vari­a­tion of what was be­ing pro­posed, for ex­am­ple water me­ters and sub­si­dis­ing the waste water rates of non-profit or­gan­i­sa­tions.

One hun­dred and sixty-seven sub­mis­sions were re­ceived from busi­nesses and res­i­dents of Mata­mata, 116 came from Mor­rinsville, 149 from Te Aroha, 28 from out of the dis­trict, and 23 did not spec­ify.

Long term plan sub­mis­sions hear­ings will take place to­day, Wed­nes­day, May 30 and Thurs­day, May 31.

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