Mayor wants feedback

17:00, Apr 18 2014
Alistair Sowman
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The Marlborough District Council wants to hear people's thoughts on council plans for the next year, says Marlborough mayor Alistair Sowman.

A summary of the council's draft annual plan, which sets out what it wants to do over the next financial year and how that will be paid for, has been sent to all ratepayers, and the full plan is available at the council and public libraries.

The document had been structured a bit differently this year, posing questions to try to engage readers, Sowman said.

Two councillors, Jamie Arbuckle and Cynthia Brooks, will be at the Blenheim library from 1pm on Wednesday and Thursday next week to talk to people one-on-one about the draft annual plan.

The council really wanted to get the draft information out to people, Sowman said.

"We get a fair traffic of people wanting money for various causes, but few people saying what they think of what we're doing."


That included if people were happy with the level of service or whether they wanted less money spent on particular activities, which would save the council and ratepayers money.

"It's easy to be critical of council. Now's the opportunity to tell councillors what you're thinking, rather than just fire a shot through Facebook."

Submissions close at 5pm on May 8.

The summary document has a form for people to fill in to help them with their submission.


Issues the council wants feedback on:

Funding the Flaxbourne irrigation scheme

Rejuvenating the Blenheim central business district

Monitoring Marlborough's coastline

Fixing leaking sewer pipes

Funding economic development projects, including a $75,000 commercial events fund

Safe drinking water for Renwick, Awatere, Havelock, Riverlands and Wairau Valley. 

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