Rates will rise by 6.57 per cent in the Ashburton District, after the Ashburton District Council adopted its 2017/18 Annual Plan last week. The rise is under the increase previously projected (11 per cent in the 2015/25 Long Term Plan) to fund the work programme for the next financial year. The 2017/18 Annual Plan details how council proposes to fund its programmes and projects through the next financial year, and covers the third year of the 2015/25 Long Term Plan.
More Ashburton residents will be able to dispose of their rubbish and recycling using the new wheelie bin service when it rolls out in the district this year, after Ashburton District Council voted to extend the kerbside collection boundary. Some properties that lie outside the current kerbside collection areas in Ashburton, Methven, Rakaia North and Winslow, and those in Fairton and Lake Hood, will join urban properties in receiving the wheelie bins when the new system begins on September 1.
Dog registration month is about to begin around the country, and the Ashburton District Council is reminding local dog owners to register or re-register their pets and working dogs with council before July 31. Registration forms will arrive in the post, and owners are encouraged to register their pet online or at council reception. Council environmental monitoring manager Rick Catchpowle said it was important owners registered their dogs to avoid penalties.
Council-owned elderly persons’ housing facilities will now be guided by a new policy in Ashburton, following the adoption of the Elderly Persons Housing Policy by the Ashburton District Council. Residents provided feedback on the draft policy earlier this year. Community relations manager VincieBillante said the policy was in line with a number of standards and initiatives regarding rent calculations and eligibility criteria.