Annual plan adopted

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The development of a district health hub and an expansion of the Selwyn Aquatic Centre in Rolleston are two of the highlights of the Selwyn District Council’s Annual Plan for the next 12 months.

The plan has been formally adopted by the council following public feedback which included 189 submissions and 241 people completing an online survey on the plan.

Under the plan the average rates increase for the next financial year is 4.5 per cent.

“The plan has a focus on planning for new facilities and investing in core services like footpaths and roads for our growing population,” Selwyn Mayor Sam Broughton said. 

“We offered some different options this year to make it easier for people to share their views and we were pleased that the community took the opportunity to participate in consultation on the draft plan through an online survey, submissions, Facebook comments, and at local consultation events. 

“It was great to hear everyone’s views — some submissions reinforced our proposed direction while the weight of other submissions has meant council has changed other proposals. Thank you to the community for contributing to the discussion.”

The plan confirms council will undertake a feasibility study on a new Health Hub which will look to provide accommodation for specialised and secondary health and social services not currently available in the district. 

The plan also confirmed that design and planning work is to be carried out on developing additional pool space at the Selwyn Aquatic Centre.

“Submissions and survey comments showed strong support for the Health Hub concept and for adding pool space at the Aquatic Centre,” Mayor Broughton said.

The plan also lays out a programme to extend existing footpath networks in a number of townships by adding 19 new sections of footpaths to encourage walking and cycling.

Changes to how storm water management is funded were also confirmed which will see existing storm water rates, which currently vary by township, replaced with a standard $85 storm water rate. This rate would be charged in townships where the council manages storm water.

A proposal was also included in the plan to extend library opening hours at the weekends and to include later weekday opening and closing times.