Peo­ple have say on plan

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ex­ec­u­tive Richard Briggs said that the quan­tity and qual­ity of the sub­mis­sions show Hamil­to­ni­ans un­der­stand the key is­sues and op­por­tu­ni­ties for the city in the years ahead.

Mr Briggs said sub­mis­sions were at least triple the num­ber re­ceived for the pre­vi­ous 10-Year Plan and the most ever for any 10-Year Plan.

Deputy Mayor Mar­tin Gal­lagher said the 10-Year Plan was far from a done deal.

“A lot of the votes on the draft bud­get were close and were ba­si­cally seven to six, or with the mayor’s cast­ing vote, so to me the LTP is all up for grabs,” Mr Gal­lagher said.

“Once the sub­mis­sions have been heard it could go ei­ther way.”

There is also one more coun­cil­lor now with Ryan Hamil­ton was also elected to fill a va­cancy af­ter the draft 10-Year Plan was signed off.

Coun­cil­lor Paula South­gate said at Tues­day’s brief­ing that it was cru­cial that coun­cil­lors now lis­ten to each sub­mit­ter that has put their name down.

“We have to make sure we do cover off ev­ery­thing. We can’t gloss over things just be­cause no one has raised their hands to talk to it,” Cr South­gate said. “If a sub­mit­ter has sub­mit­ted on it, then it must be con­sid­ered.”

“A long-term plan for a city is a mas­sive piece of work,” Mr Briggs said. “In De­cem­ber last year, af­ter months of brief­ings and lit­er­ally thou­sands of pages of de­tailed in­for­ma­tion, our coun­cil put to­gether its vi­sion for the fu­ture of Hamil­ton and the bud­gets to sup­port that vi­sion.”

“This is about balanc­ing com­mu­nity fa­cil­i­ties, trans­port im­prove­ments, man­ag­ing growth and en­sur­ing we have a sus­tain­able fi­nan­cial base,” Mr Briggs said.

“Noth­ing is set in stone. Our coun­cil has some big de­ci­sions to make around the fu­ture of the city and the feed­back we

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