Comments on the HDC Annual Plan 2020/2021

HDC Annual Plan 2020/2021 Have Your Say linked to information about the consultation on the Horowhenua District Council Annual Plan, which was drafted before Covid-19 turned our lives upside down.

Having looked through the documents we linked to I’d like to draw your attention to the following:

  • Page 7:

    Key projects for the year ahead Council will focus on, alongside business as usual include:

    Adopting the Horowhenua Integrated Transport Strategy and getting to work on many projects, including: advocating for more public transport options; a refurbished train station; connecting shared pathways; and, starting the process of working with NZTA as we plan for the Ōtaki to North of Levin expressway to be built.

  • Pages 39 and 40 (recycling):

    Providing kerbside recycling, recycling stations, refuse bag collection, operation of waste transfer stations, Levin landfill, and monitoring closed landfills.

    and

    Waste transfer and recycling stations have a minimal impact on the immediate and surrounding environment

    The number of complaints provides an indication of the quality of the service provided. This measure also provides data that highlights problems requiring attention, such as the need for maintenance, repair, upgrading, or new infrastructure.

  • Pages 45 and 50: looking after reserves and toilets (no problems for us) and general line items for public toilets renewals and repairs. We expect our toilet block to have significant upgrades soon as discussions were already underway. See Toilet block update March 2020.
  • Page 51: line item for Waikawa Beach Pedestrian Bridge upgrades. The Council had told us major upgrades are expected in the next few years.

Last summer there was concern about the recycling station and its location at Hank Edwards Reserve. If you have opinions on that then it would be an appropriate time to feed them through the Annual Plan consultation. While the plan mentions odour complaints perhaps noise complaints should also be specified.

Have Your Say. Submissions close at 5pm on Friday 24 April 2020.

Council recycling goal.
Council recycling goal.

Horizons welfare helpline

Freephone 0800 725 678 from 7am until 7pm, seven days a week.

Helpline info.

Supporting each other also means looking out for those in need, including at risk groups, and people without access to their own transport.

A dedicated welfare helpline is now available to help people access essentials such as food and medication. If you, or someone you know needs assistance, please contact us on freephone 0800 725 678 from 7am until 7pm, seven days a week.

Source, Twitter: MW Civil Defence.

HDC Annual Plan 2020/2021 Have Your Say

Horowhenua District Council are required by law to have their Annual Plan 2020/2021 in place by 30 June 2020. However the Covid-19 crisis has turned the world upside down, so the normal consultation process has gone awry, and indeed, the Plan itself may need to change. Consultation continues though, so please take a look at the plan and have your say. Submissions close at 5pm on Friday 24 April 2020.

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Horowhenua Council closures March 2020

Horowhenua District Council and Kāpiti Coast District Council are joining other councils around the country in closing its community centres and swimming pools following the government’s announcement that New Zealand is at Alert Level 2.

Closures in Horowhenua will affect Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō in Levin …

“Our priority is the health and safety of our community. More than 25% of our district’s population is aged over 65, and it’s important that we play our part in limiting the potential spread of COVID-19. While we regret the need to close our pools and community facilities, we’re confident that our community will understand and support our decision,” Horowhenua Mayor Bernie Wanden said.…

Horowhenua District Council will reassess the closure of its community centres and the Levin Aquatic Centre in two weeks. However, Foxton Pool, which is near the end of its open season, will not open again until spring. …

Council’s service centre at 126 Oxford Street in Levin remains open.…

Loan periods have been extended on all Libraries Horowhenua books, magazines, DVDs and jigsaws, and we are asking people to keep any items they currently have on loan at home. Any items returned late due to the closure of community centres will have any fines forgiven.

Libraries Horowhenua is also offering its Homelink book delivery service to anyone who would like to receive library services from home.

Source: Councils move to protect communities from COVID-19 – Horowhenua District Council.

HDC Annual Plan consultation 2020

Public consultation on Horowhenua District Council’s 2020/2021 Annual Plan will begin on 25 March 2020.

Council’s Strategic Planner, Tiffany Gower, said the public will also have the opportunity to provide early input into Council’s Long-Term Plan 2021-2041, which Council will begin developing later this year.

“We’re keen to hear about the major issues you think we need to consider as part of our next Long Term Plan, and the key challenges and opportunities facing our district,” she said.

The consultation document proposes a rates income increase of 6.90% …

“It’s not an average rate increase for properties across the district,” Mr Law said … the valuations will affect communities across the district differently, depending on whether property values in the area have risen more or less than the district average.

In … Waikawa Beach, values have gone up by less than the district average and rates will either only have a small increase, stay the same, or may even decrease.”

From Wednesday 25 March, the Annual Plan consultation document, What’s Our Plan 2020/2021, and the draft Annual Plan will be available on Council’s website at horowhenua.govt.nz/AnnualPlan2020/2021.

Consultation closes at 5pm on Friday 24 April 2020.

We’ll add links to the plan and the Plan itself to this post once they’re available.

Also of note: Council Handbook 2020 Your Guide to Council process (5.7 MB PDF).

Toilet block update March 2020

On Tuesday, 17 March 2020 John Hewitson and Miraz Jordan met with Robyn de la Haye (Essence design), Ben Wood (HDC Property and Parks Officer) and Stephan Titze (HDC Property and Parks Project Lead) about the usage and proposed improvement of toilet facilities at Hank Edwards Reserve. The following report was provided by Stephan Titze:

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