LTP Sumissions Close on 16 April
Saturday, April 7, 2018 at 2:48PM
Bill Barclay

Readers have only one week to put together their submissions on the LTP - the most importnat document our Council prepares - it is what allows for, and constrains expenditure over the next ten years. Changes are extremely difficult to make following adoption on 26 June.

I, along with Dennis Tegg, based  on his email, intend to concentrate on the clear deficiencies in regard to funding for coastal hazard - both sea level rise, and coastal flooding/erosion. You can assume that the Plan as it stands reflects the priority bias amongst present members in regard to these issues - staff after all simply follow the instructions of elected members in arriving at draft plans.

I implore anyone who is also concerned about these issues to get onto the website and fill in a written submiussion form. Please ask to submit in person. I can tell you from long experience that written submissions are geiven scant attention without the writer being present to 'add teeth.'

Dennis has prepared a bullet point summary on thse issues that should not be repeated, rather paraphrased, and reflecting of your own thoughts on the subject. By all means add other issues with which you take exception - particularly in regard to expenditure items that appear totally 'out of kilter.'

Here are Dennis's bullet points: (Guide only - preserve the integrity of the process!)

I intend to raise in addition the issue of the cost of the Shortland Wharf upgrade ($1.5m), the cost of providing wheelchair access to the Thames War Memorial$ ($267k), and the outrageous proposals regarding the Rhodes Park Grandstand ($3.133m) and Aquatic Centre ((Unknown, but possibly $22m+). These alone are responsible for a substantial proportion of the proposed Thames rate increases. 

Go the website to get the submission form - it is very easy to follow, and submit before the 16th.







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