Coun­cil con­sid­ers its Long Term Plan

Bush Telegraph - - News - By DAVE MUR­DOCH

Tararua’s Dis­trict Coun­cil­lors care­fully con­sid­ered the 90 sub­mis­sions to the Long

Term Plan at their monthly meet­ing on May 30.

Coun­cil­lors heard pre­sen­ta­tions from 25 sub­mit­ters at a spe­cial meet­ing on May 22.

Most of the sub­mis­sions re­lated to the seven is­sues the coun­cil asked for feed­back on.

On May 30 it adopted its plan to up­grade Route 52 from We­ber Junc­tion to the Cen­tral Hawke’s Bay bound­ary, a dis­tance of

25km, ac­knowl­edg­ing it was a vi­tal link for ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties with po­ten­tial for in­creased tourist traf­fic.

Con­nec­tiv­ity gained huge sup­port from the public, and the coun­cil agreed to pro­vide cap­i­tal fund­ing of $800,000 spread over 2018/2019 and 2021/2022 say­ing this was a vi­tal el­e­ment for growth and pros­per­ity in Tararua.

Build­ing of a new waste­water pipe­line from

Eke­tahuna to a new treat­ment sta­tion at

Pahiatua is also to go ahead, re­ceiv­ing strong sup­port from sub­mis­sions.

Coun­cil­lors voted to pro­vide a cap­i­tal works pro­gramme fo­cused on re­duc­ing the risk of flood­ing to res­i­den­tial prop­er­ties while op­ti­mis­ing ex­ist­ing sys­tems as fund­ing al­lows.

Pen­sioner hous­ing owned by the coun­cil is here to stay with own­er­ship re­tained, re­fur­bish­ment un­der­taken over time and new units to be built.

Util­ity net­work ex­ten­sions of 10 sec­tions per an­num from 2019/2020 will al­low for ex­pan­sion of hous­ing. The coun­cil recog­nised the po­ten­tial for growth.

Seal ex­ten­sions to the huge un­sealed road­ing net­work was the is­sue coun­cil­lors dis­cussed at length, tak­ing con­sid­er­a­tion of the feed­back that 1km two years was too slow.

It de­cided to dou­ble the rate, and fund­ing for this is likely to cost half a per cent in rates in­crease.

De­tails on other sub­mis­sions will be pub­lished next week.

Barry Gilliland and James Ferry rep­re­sent­ing Hori­zons Re­gional Coun­cil sup­ported Route 52 up­grades and the cy­cle/walk­way strat­egy at the sub­mis­sions.

Robin Win­ter made a sub­mis­sion sup­port­ing re­ten­tion of coun­cil-owned rental ac­com­mo­da­tion on be­half of Woodville Vi­sion.

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