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Posts Tagged ‘Ashburton District Council’

6 per cent rate rise expected

Ashburton District property owners are likely to face a 6 per cent rate rise next year. However, before that figure is set in concrete, Ashburton District Council staff will have to take the pruning shears to a long list of projects that would currently push rates up by almost 10 per cent. After three days of discussions on the (more)

Parking income to halve

Free, one-hour parking on Ashburton’s East Street will half the amount of money the Ashburton District Council earns in parking meter income. In 2015/16 parking meter income sat at $160,000. The following year where six months were one hour free, income dropped to $95,000 and now the council anticipates it is likely to earn around (more)

Tough stance on second bridge

Ashburton’s district councillors have laid down a challenge to the New Zealand Transport Agency over the timing and funding of the second Ashburton River bridge. During this week’s discussions on the long term plan, its spending bible for the next 10 years, councillors decided to take a hard line on the bridge project, refusing to (more)

Tough water regulations come at cost

The fallout from the contamination of Havelock North’s drinking water  is likely to cost Ashburton District ratepayers more than $700,000 over the next four years. As inquiries continue to identify reasons the town’s water supply became contaminated, signals are being sent to local authorities around New Zealand that new requirements will (more)

New active areas planned for stadium

A climbing wall, new learn-to-swim pool and an interactive splash deck could all shortly be built at the EA Networks Centre. Those projects won the hearts of Ashburton District councillors during yesterday’s day two, long term plan discussions and if they survive the public consultation process, will see an additional $5.3 million (more)

Lake Hood rates to rocket

Lake Hood property owners could find themselves paying almost 30 per cent more in rates in the next financial year as they officially become part of residential Ashburton. For years Lake Hood has been considered a rural settlement but the Ashburton District Council decided to review its rating status because it now shared the same services as (more)

It’s the plan you can’t afford to ignore

Next week is a big week on the Ashburton District Council’s calendar. Most weeks are big when you’re running a multi-million business, but they don’t get much more bigger than planning how you’ll spend rates money over the next decade. In reality, it’s just one of many weeks where the plan will be council’s number one (more)

Council ready for weather extremes

The past year of weather extremes and the prospect of climate change turning weather predictions into an inexact science means local authorities need to ensure they are well  prepared for unexpected disasters, Ashburton District Council chief executive Andrew Dalziel said. There is an increasing focus from central government and from Local (more)

Pre-emptive drones warning

New drone owners are being advised to read up on rules relating to their remote-controlled aircraft before they come to the attention of the Ashburton District Council for bad behaviour. Council’s open spaces manager David Askin said no complaints about drones had been received but operators needed to make sure they were doing the right (more)

Resource consent needed for sale

If the Ashburton District Council opts to sell leases of any of its sections at Lake Clearwater, it will need to walk down a clearly defined legal path, senior planner Ian Hyde said. The section sell-off was agreed to last year by district councillors, to provide a pool of money to carry out a survey of the lakes settlement. This is needed (more)

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