CARTER­TON: MAYOR HAPPY WITH PROGRESS

Wairarapa News - - CONVERSATIONS - ILLYA MCLEL­LAN

WHAT DID MAYOR JOHN BOOTH CAM­PAIGN ON?

Booth was ex­tremely pop­u­lar af­ter his first half-ter­mas mayor af­ter he took over from for­mer mayor Ron Mark who be­came an MP. Booth did not re­ally need to ac­tively cam­paign be­sides just get­ting out in his may­oral du­ties and see­ing the peo­ple in the town and the district due to his pop­u­lar­ity. The only chal­lenger, Mike Os­borne, was op­er­at­ing on the sin­gle is­sue of op­pos­ing the amal­ga­ma­tion of the three district coun­cils and ad­mit­ted dur­ing his cam­paign that he would not win the may­oralty. John Booth got 2470 votes to Mike Os­borne’s 442.

WHAT CAN HE AND THE COUN­CIL TICK ‘ACHIEVED’?

Booth be­lieved the coun­cil had had a good year with sev­eral achieve­ments of note. The coun­cil was able to get stage one of the three-year $7 mil­lion waste­water treat­ment fa­cil­ity un­der way. They in­creased the num­ber of build­ing con­sents given from 273 to 343 and so were mak­ing ex­cel­lent progress with de­vel­op­ment of the district. Booth also thought the coun­cil had been more in­clu­sive of ru­ral res­i­dents with coun­cil­lors go­ing out and meet­ing peo­ple in ru­ral set­tle­ments to hear what their con­cerns were. On a prob­lem solv­ing front the coun­cil were able to fix dam­age done by a cloud­burst and flash flood which de­stroyed the town’s wa­ter sup­ply stor­age fa­cil­ity in eight weeks. The coun­cil also im­ple­mented a new web­site mak­ing coun­cil more ac­ces­si­ble to the peo­ple of the district.

WHAT PROJECTS ARE IN THE PIPE­LINE?

The coun­cil has the waste­water treat­ment up­grade and is also plan­ning the ac­qui­si­tion of more res­i­den­tial zoned land town due to rapid growth and de­vel­op­ment of the town­ship. It is also con­tin­u­ing to stream­line pro­cesses to make this growth and de­vel­op­ment eas­ier.

WHAT DOES THE WAIRARAPA CHAM­BER OF COM­MERCE THINK?

The Gen­eral Man­ager of Wairarapa Cham­ber of Com­merce, Cather­ine Ros­siter-Stead, said the mayor was a work­ing farmer who un­der­stood the chal­lenges busi­nesses faced. His lead­er­ship had steered the coun­cil to be far more busi­ness friendly. The coun­cil had made the con­sent process much eas­ier, ad­dressed ur­ban de­vel­op­ment in the town and worked closely with busi­nesses to im­prove lo­cal in­fra­struc­ture such as road­ing.

PIERS FULLER

Mayor John Booth be­lieves the Carter­ton District Coun­cil has had a good year with sev­eral achieve­ments of note.

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