Christchurch's six community boards are seeking feedback on their draft three-year plans.
Community boards focus on more local issues and how these may influence the city-wide decision making of the Council. Christchurch City Council has six community boards covering the city and Banks Peninsula.
“Democracy is put into action at neighbourhood level through community boards,” says the Council’s Head of Community Support and Partnerships, John Filsell.
“Board membes are elected to represent their local community and to ensure neighbourhood issues and interests are brought to Council. The community boards enable people to have a voice in the decisions affecting them where they live, and ensure they can have a say in local decision making.”
Early in each election cycle, each community board outlines its vision and priorities for the next three years, how these will be achieved and how achievements will be measured.
“The community board plans guide the board’s focus on local activities, projects and facilities,” says Mr Filsell.
“Community board plans are important as the Council will regard them as key strategic documents to be included in the preparation of wider Council planning budgeting processes including the Long Term Plan.
“We’d really like people to look at the draft plan for their local area and give their feedback as this gives the boards confidence that they’re advocating for what their community wants.”
Five of the Christchurch community boards comprise elected representatives of three local wards. The sixth board represents one ward, Banks Peninsula.
The six boards are:
The ward and community board areas can be found on the Council’s online map. The draft community board plans are open for feedback now on the Have Your Say page on Council’s website.
People have until 5pm on Sunday 26 March to give their feedback.