Final Days for Input into Draft Annual Plan

5 May 2011

Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown is urging Wellingtonians to have their say on this year's draft Annual Plan.

About 100 submissions have been received with one week to go in the consultation period.

The Mayor says there are important issues in this year's draft plan, which includes a proposal to increase by $1 an hour the parking meter rate in the central business district and to introduce paid parking in the central business district on weekday evenings.

Other big issues the Mayor hopes the public will have their say on include:

  • A proposal to save $105,000 by reducing operating hours at the Central Library - rather than close at 8.30pm on weekdays, the library would close at 7.00pm. An information desk would also be closed and international newspapers would be provided in digital format only.
  • A proposed $650,000 feasibility study on the construction and design of a new deepwater swimming pool complex at Kilbirnie - a long-term project expected to cost more than $18 million.
  • An 18% increase in sportsfield user charges (excluding the Berhampore Golf Course).
  • A 5% increase in landfill fees and household rubbish bags.
  • A 2.5% increase in swimming pool general admissions and learn-to-swim charges.
  • A 6% rise in burial and cremation fees.

"We need Wellingtonians to tell us whether they agree or disagree with what we have put forward," Mayor Wade-Brown says.

"Should we increase the hourly parking rate and introduce paid parking on evenings during the week or should ratepayers shoulder the burden?

"Are the savings we are proposing the right ones in these times? Have we gone far enough or are there other opportunities for savings that we should explore?"

The closing date for submissions is next Thursday 12 May.

Copies of the 2011/12 Draft Annual Plan and a summary can be picked up:

  • at the Council Service Centre at 101 Wakefield Street
  • from Council libraries
  • by phoning the Council on (04) 499 4444 for a copy to be sent out.

To make a submission:

  • complete the freepost submission form that is included with the 2011/12 Draft Annual Plan and summary

People can have their say in person during the oral hearings from 17 - 25 May.

The Council also can "come to you.'' Community groups or organisations that would like a briefing on the draft plan can arrange a time by calling (04) 803 8724.

All views will feed into the Strategy and Policy Committee's deliberations from 16 - 20 June.

Public Input - Draft 2011/12 Annual Plan