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Strong demand for Long-Term Council Community Plan

31 March 2006

Demand is so strong for the Council’s Draft Long-Term Council Community Plan, that a reprint is planned to help meet demand at Council libraries and service centre.

Since the draft plan was released for public consultation on Tuesday, 28 March, the Council has been working hard to keep up with demand for the full document and the summary, which map out the Council’s long-term business plan for the next 10 years.

About 1000 hard-copies and 1000 data CDs of the full Draft LTCCP, along with 12,000 summaries of the document have been published for distribution throughout the City Council area.

Alongside this, the first of some 66 public consultation meetings planned to discuss the Draft LTCCP for Christchurch also kicked off on Wednesday beginning with the Pacific Island community, through the Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs Community Reference Group.

The Pacific community made it clear at that meeting that they would make strong representations regarding the Aranui Learning Centre, which the Council cut from its Capital Works list, and the proposed closure of some libraries and the mobile library.

Council General Manager of Public Affairs, Stephen Hill says he is very pleased at the strong response to the LTCCP, which helps give Council a clear indication of the community’s views on its planned work for the next 10 years.

“The Council has set out in the LTCCP exactly what we plan to do for the city – how much money we need to deliver existing services, where it will be spent, how much, why and how.
“Now it is time for ratepayers to say whether they agree with us. If they do or don’t – now is the time to speak out, because it may be another three years before the plan is reviewed again. It’s your city, make sure you have a say in what’s planned for it,” Mr Hill says.

People wishing to make submissions, can do so:

  • through the Council’s April City Scene issue, which goes out free to about 140,000 households’ mail boxes each month, or
  • pick up a Draft LTCCP summary from the Civic Offices in Tuam Street or any library or service centre (including Banks Peninsula) - until Friday 5 May, 2006.

The full Draft LTCCP document can also be viewed and downloaded from the website or a hard copy or data CD picked up from any Council library or service centre in Christchurch or the Banks Peninsula.

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