Your thoughts on Clifford Bay

CATHIE BELL
Last updated 11:56 22/02/2013

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People have till the close of play on Monday to get their views included in the Marlborough District Council's submission to the Government on the region's view of shifting the interisland ferries from Picton to Clifford Bay, south of Seddon.

The council intends to send a report to the Government setting out the effects it believes the project could have on Marlborough, if the move went ahead. As well as holding four public meetings last week, it was collecting submissions and information from people to add into the report.

The council has set up a special email address and wants anyone with an interest to send in any information of substance.

It was accepting submissions till Monday, either by email to clifford.bay@marlborough.govt.nz or to Jamie Lyall at the council.

Mr Lyall said yesterday he had received 24 emails and 12 phone calls from people wanting to have their say.

That feedback expressed a range of views, he said, with about 70 per cent opposed.

After the public meetings last week, Mr Sowman urged people who have spoken up to collate their facts and figures and for others to get involved.

Initial feedback from the meetings was that the Clifford Bay proposal would have immediate and critical impact on Picton, in particular, he said. It would create some opportunities on the east coast, but there was not yet a clear understanding of whether the effect was going to be positive or negative.

The council was reviewing the impact the project could have on its own finances.

"We do know that there would be a significant loss of our dividend from Port Marlborough, which currently helps to subsidise rates across the region."

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- The Marlborough Express

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