TDC pulls plug on projects

The proposed Golden Bay Community Facility, the next stage of Tasman's Great Taste Trail, support for Nelson Tasman Tourism and a new building for the Motueka library are not the only things under the axe in Tasman's draft annual plan.

The council's debt was $157 million at December 31 and forecast to rise to $193 million by June 2015. Plans to reduce spending and shift the focus to debt repayment is forecast to reduce next June's debt level by nearly $20 million to $173 million.

The $5 million Lower Motueka Flood Control project remains in the draft annual plan but its future, and that of the proposed Waimea Dam (aka the Lee Valley Dam), will be decided as part of the 2015-2025 Long Term Plan.

The proposed multi-purpose $4 million-plus Golden Bay Community Facility will not be built this year 2014-15 year and will be reconsidered in the next long term plan. However the council has retained the $1 million for a new council Golden Bay Service Centre in Takaka.

The plan proposes the $1.1 million Motueka Library upgrade, which last year was moved to 2014/15 will not go ahead as none of the three options considered (expansion, co-location to the council's Motueka service centre, or a new building at Deck's Reserve) were within budget.

A portion of the money will instead be used to undertake seismic strengthening work and some limited improvements to the existing building.

Meanwhile the council proposes to increase most of its fees by 3.3 per cent, except dog registration charges, Sale of Liquor fees (which are set by Government Regulation) and library charges.

Cyclists wishing to ride off-road between Wakefield and the Spooner's Tunnel will have to wait until further non-council funding for the $600,000 project is confirmed. A detailed review and subsequent consultation on the full capital work programme and ongoing maintenance will be included as part of the Long Term Plan 2015-2025.

Sharing solid waste disposal facilities with Nelson City Council from July and mothballing the district council's Eves Valley landfill is up for debate.

This arrangement would continue for about 16 years which would save further development at Eves Valley.

Closer to home the council proposes to sell the land and buildings of the former Richmond re-use centre and use the money to repay debt in the Solid Waste Account. If in the future a viable business case for a new re-use centre is put to the council it would consider whether to provide this service within the Resource Recovery Centre at Richmond.

And wastewater charges for the first toilet pan will rise by $11.29 to be $714.14.

Annual plan meetings are already underway.

Further meetings and information sessions will be held in; Golden Bay on Monday at the Collingwood Sunday School Hall from 4pm till 5pm and at the Takaka Fire Station Hall from 7pm. 7pm presentation; on Tuesday at the Brightwater Community Association (Brightwater School Hall) from 7.30 pm; next Tuesday April 8d at the Wakefield Village Hall from 4.30 pm till 5.30 pm and at the Wakefield Community Association from 7.30pm; next Wednesday at the Richmond council chamber from 4.30 pm till 5.30 pm (drop in session) and at 7.30 pm; on Monday April 14 at Mapua Hall from 4.00 pm till 5.30 pm (drop in) session and from 7pm.

Submissions close on April 15 and hearings will be held across the district from late April.