Asset sales, cycleways, and investment in the eastern suburbs dominate more than 2000 formal submissions on Christchurch City Council’s Long Term Plan.
Council staff are still processing submissions, many of which came in at the last minute, and it will be several days before a final figure is available.
More than 900 submissions on the eastern suburbs ask the Council to save the Rawhiti Golf Course and the South Brighton Holiday Park, and to fund projects such as hot salt water pools, a walkway along North Beach and repair of the Pages Road Bridge.
Mayor Lianne Dalziel is pleased so many residents took the opportunity to have their say on the future of Christchurch, and so far 550 people have asked to speak to their written submissions at public hearings from 11− 23 May.
“This shows people want to influence the Plan, which is one of the most important documents the Council has ever produced. It will have a major impact on the future shape of our city – what we rebuild, what we fix, how fast we do the work, and how we pay for it.”
Mayor Dalziel says although formal submissions closed on Tuesday, the Council is keen to get further feedback on the Plan.
“We’ve opened up our public hearings, so anyone can book a time to speak, even if they haven’t made a written submission.
“The Council Facebook page has already received more than 1800 comments on the Plan and we will continue to collect that feedback. It will be summarised for Councillors along with that from five ‘Mayor in the chair’ sessions and 14 public meetings.
“With an estimated funding shortfall of $1.2 billion we’re still looking at ways to save money on our capital programme and other Council activities. It’s essential we get as much input from the public as possible to help us in our deliberations when we adopt the Long Term Plan at the end of June.”
Public hearings on the Plan in the Council chamber will be live-streamed on www.ccc.govt.nz. Further information on times will be available shortly on the Council website and at Council libraries and service centres.
If you didn’t make a formal submission, but still want to have a say