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New record set for Council submissions

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A new record has been set for the number of submissions to a Napier City Council Long Term Plan.

By the close of submissions at noon on Wednesday 13 February, more than 640 submissions to the Council’s 2015-2025 Long Term Plan (LTP) had been received. Of those, 68 percent were submitted online.

The total far outstripped the number of submissions received on Council plans in the past six years, a time period which included consultation for two LTP and four annual plans, including the years when Marineland’s future was being discussed.

“I’m so pleased that people have taken the opportunity to have their say on our ideas for Napier’s future,” said Napier Mayor Bill Dalton, adding that he was impressed that more than 160 people also made time to find out details of the Council’s key consultation projects from Councillors and staff, and ask questions about other issues at the Pop Up Shops and four public meetings held during the month long consultation.

The Council’s Consultation Document for the LTP has been available online since 13 April, along with related material. Printed copies were also released on 22 April.

A concerted campaign to raise awareness of the Long Term plan formal consultation began in December with a call for informal feedback from the community.

Amendments to the Local Government Act in July last year means that the difference between the consultation process, using a Consultation Document, and the Long Term Plan, which forms the basis for councils’ ongoing accountability, are now more clearly defined.

The Council will consider the submissions on 8 and 9 June and expects to formally adopt its final Long Term Plan on 30 June.

 ENDS

13 May 2015

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