Community feedback on council's Annual Plan

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Tauranga Council Chambers. Photo/File
Tauranga Council Chambers. Photo/File

Tauranga City Council has received 287 submissions on its draft Annual Plan.

The Annual Plan process serves to update the work plans and budgets that were set through the Long Term Plan for the year ahead and the council asked the community for feedback on the changes proposed to next year's budget.

The consultation on the draft Annual Plan 2016/17 closed on April 4.

The council received a total of 287 submissions on its draft Annual Plan and the proposals for additional hockey turfs, growth-related infrastructure and civic space options generating the most feedback.

Comments received through social media focused on the proposals for investment in the airport, library services, city events funding and tsunami infrastructure.

The council also received a large amount of submissions requesting funding for floodlighting at Bay Oval to enable night-time cricket matches. This topic was not included in the draft budget and the council would need to consider how to address this issue through the deliberations process.

Hearings start on Tuesday. Seventy-three people are scheduled to come speak to the council in support of their submissions over three days, representing either themselves as residents and ratepayers, or larger groups.

Hearings will be held in the council chambers on Tuesday from 1pm - 3pm, wednesday from 9am - 12pm, 2.10pm - 5pm and 6pm - 7pm, and Thursday from 9am - 12pm and 1pm - 3pm.

The hearings agenda and copies of all submissions are available here.

- Bay of Plenty Times

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