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Draft Annual Plan submissions close Friday

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Horizons Regional Council

Tuesday 29 April, 2014

Draft Annual Plan submissions close Friday

Submissions to Horizons Regional Council’s draft Annual Plan close 5pm Friday 2 May and chairman Bruce Gordon is encouraging people to have their say before the deadline.

The draft Annual Plan outlines the work Horizons will do in the year ahead and what it will cost. On average, rates are expected to increase 4.496 per cent, depending on where people live in the Region.

22 submissions have been received so far and Mr Gordon says time is running out for people to have their say.

“The Plan is essentially business as usual. However, this year does see Council propose amendments to the 2012-22 Long-term Plan in order to meet changing circumstances so we’re really keen to hear what people think,” says Mr Gordon.

“These amendments include a 3 year funding option for ANZAC Parade/Kowhai Park stopbank upgrades in Wanganui, adopting a dangerous dams policy for the Region and reporting on Totara Reserve camping fees.

“If the public have any feedback about these amendments, or other sections of the draft Annual Plan, then the submissions process is their opportunity to have a say,” says Mr Gordon.

The full document is available online at www.horizons.govt.nz now and hard copies are available to view at Horizons service centres.

Submissions close Friday 2 May 2014 at 5pm. Submissions can be made by:

• Filling out a submission form on the back of the summary;

• Posting a letter to Freepost 217922, Horizons Regional Council, Private Bag 11025, Manawatu Mail Centre, Palmerston North 4442;

• Going to www.horizons.govt.nz and submitting online; or

• Emailing your submission to submissions@horizons.govt.nz.

Submission hearings will be held on 19-22 May and may be held at locations throughout the Region based on demand.

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