Feilding Herald : March 8th 2012
3 THURSDAY, MARCH 8, 2012 NEWS 44 Changes to the Building Act There are some changes you need to know about. From March 1 Restricted Building Work comes into effect. This applies to most residential building or renovation ... Wednesday March 14 • 5:30pm • at My Plumbing Depot SPEAKERS: Chris Henry -- PNCC Brian Clark -- MDC Please ring MYPD on 323 3055 to register your interest Professional Engineers, Architects, Plumbers and Gasfitters are treated as Licensed Building Practitioners and can carry out some Restricted Building Work... Tradesman & general public welcome to come along and hear about the changes and how they may affect you. 4437933AA 4426113AA VAL FESTIV HarVEST MARTON 10TH ST STEPHENS CHURCH FAIR 9.30am -12pm St STEPHENS HALL 17TH FESTIVAL OF CULTURES 5.30 - 9pm RANGITIKEI COLLEGE 24TH HARVEST FESTIVAL PARTY 9am - 3pm MARTON PARK MARCH 2012 Contact Project Marton on 327 7633 or firstname.lastname@example.org for information regarding all events during Harvest Festival month PROJECT MARTON 4433717AA 5 Goodbehere St, Feilding, Ph: 06 323 1330 E: email@example.com W: www.poppiesbooks.co.nz Hours - 9.30am-5pm Monday To Friday Saturday 10am-3pm March Sale Be in now for generous store wide discounts Boundary change hearing sparks debate By BOBBIE NICHOLLS firstname.lastname@example.org Strong views: 2012 Boundary Change Appeals Commissioners- listening to appeals heard in the Manawatu District Council chambers last week. Photo: BOBBIE NICHOLLS Local Government Commissioners hearing boundary change appeals questioned why Horizons Regional Council had not made a submission on the effect of the changes on the environment. One can only surmise the impact on the environment and roads is not significant enough for them to raise the issue and appeal,'' Palmerston North Mayor Jono Naylor said. Residents not happy with proposed boundary changes between Palmerston North City and Manawatu District let the Commissioners know their feelings over two days last week. Basil Morrison chaired the appeals, assisted by Commissioners Grant Kirby and Anne Carter and Local Government Commission chief executive Donald Reizebos. Two hundred and twenty one submissions were received after the first boundary change was announced last year. Further alterations to the proposed change were announced in November. Thirty five submitters took up the opportunity to address the Com- mission about their concerns. The Palmerston North City Coun- cil and Manawatu District Council asked for a slight change to the boundary at Longburn where the hall and a few houses are now out- side the boundary. However for John Whitelock, this was not a sufficient change. While he agreed Longburn should be part of the city, he suggested the boun- dary should be reduced to a keep Kairanga, a large landbank of high class and productive land, in the Manawatu District. Many of the objections referred to the Kairanga farm land as being swampy, not suitable for housing and providing a natural boundary between city and high quality farm land. David Morrison said since new industry is now draining into the Mangaone Spillway which runs through his property, the pollution of water is affecting his stock. We need a separate rural ward with representation that understands the rural lifestyle,'' he said. Trevor Donaldson thought the decision-making system was flawed and that the makeup of the joint council committee was biased towards the decision already being made. We in Kairanga have two coun- cillors but neither of them were on the committee, so we (Kairanga residents) had no representation when the decisions were being made.'' Manawatu District Council chief executive Lorraine Vincent's assurances that the District would not be disadvantaged by the loss of ratepaying land did not sit well with many speakers. Having lived through seven years of the Milson Line hearings, only to hear the City Council now considers the road too vital to close, Kim Mor- rison said she had little faith in the system to come out with a decision which was good for the residents or improves local government'' as the Local Government Act requires it to do. (The proposed boundary change) will be a catalyst to crumble the strength and community of the Manawatu District Council. It is unacceptable that Mana- watu is giving away thousands of acres of land when a very small area was all that was needed,'' she said. Like several other speakers, she felt the ABC survey form (issued last year to affected ratepayers) was unbalanced. Had there been a status quo option instead of just a choice of boundary change or amalgamation, there would have been a very differ- ent result,'' she said. Asked by the chairman if the rural identity card was being overplayed, Ms Morrison said although 82 percent of city land is rural, the population is in the city. It is the rural voices that make up the identity of the district,'' she said. Friday morning's hearing started with a statement from Rangitikei MP and former Manawatu Mayor Ian McKelvie who spoke in favour of the boundary change which he said was essential to the future growth of the city, and the long-term future of the Manawatu District. He was followed by Mayoral can- didate and Councillor Steve Gibson who questioned the viability of the District following the boundary change. City Councillor Chris Teo- Sherrell was also one of about 30 people who spoke against the boun- dary change. The commissioners have reserved their decision and it should be announced at the end of the month.
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