Ratepayers get a say on annual plan today

17:00, Jun 03 2014

Ratepayers have the chance to air their views about New Plymouth District Council matters today.

Councillors are scheduled to spend 11 hours in the council chambers listening to public submissions on the draft annual plan.

The hearing is from 9am to 8pm, with more than 50 submissions expected to be heard.

Among the issues that will be discussed by the public are security cameras at Pig-Out Point, a rockwall in Urenui and reintroducing fluoride into the district's water supply.

Decisions made about the annual plan would impact on the rates set for the 2014/15 year, mayor Andrew Judd said.

"The following week we have all of the submissions to consider and we will go through them line by line," he said.

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Today's hearing is open to the public and Judd encouraged people to come along to hear what people had to say about the future of the district.

"I'm really enjoying the fact that people care enough about our district to come and speak to us," he said.

"It shows the passion they have got for their deputations."

The council received 25 submissions against land-farming, fracking and oil and gas activity in the region, while 39 people made submissions about rates.

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