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Napier adopts its Long Term Plan

Napier will have a major new playground sooner rather than later following the Napier City Council’s formal adoption of its 2015-2025 Long Term Plan (LTP) this afternoon (30 June).

One of the major changes from the draft LTP was the Destination Playground’s proposed start date being brought forward to this coming financial year due to the project being one of the most favoured by submitters. The funding for the playground was increased from $1.5m to $2.5m with the additional funding coming from a reduction in funding set aside for property purchases.

Councillors also confirmed the removal of the Waverider wave generating pool project from the LTP, which did not have strong public support. The decision was signaled earlier this month when the Council deliberated on the 700 submissions and 60 verbal presentations from submitters to the LTP.

Napier Mayor Bill Dalton said the response from the community to this LTP had been fantastic and he was proud of what had been achieved.

“I think this plan reflects that we as a council listen to what our ratepayers and residents think.”

Other amendments to the LTP included ongoing annual costs of $20,000 for WiFi, a one-off grant of $30,000 to the Council’s Arts Advisory Panel in 2015/16, an extra $18,500 funding in 2015/16 for CAN (Creative Arts Napier), and a one-off grant to Eskview Tennis Club in 2015/16, conditional on the club securing the rest of the money required for its project.

While all the above decisions are being funded from rates, there is no change to the 2.9 percent increase in rates signaled during consultation because of the reduction in the interest costs of internal loans for projects that have been re-scheduled.

Detailed business cases carried out for each key project will help the Council decide whether to proceed any further. The outcome of the binding region-wide referendum on the Local Government Commission’s proposal to amalgamate Hawke’s Bay’s councils may also affect whether these projects go ahead.

1 July 2015

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