Hundreds have say on council plan
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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