Summary of community feedback

This Annual Plan was adopted in June 2013 following consultation with the community.

The draft plan received 460 written submissions during a month long consultation period. 74 submitters presented in person to the Strategy and Policy Committee over three days.

This year more young people submitted, particularly in the 18-29 age group, and there was an increase in submitters in the 40-49 and 50-59 age groups from last year. The number of first time submitters was very high with 70 percent of all submitters never having made a submission before on a draft annual or Long-term Plan.1

All submissions were read, analysed, and provided to the Mayor and Councillors. They were also made publicly available.

We also ran an online survey mimicking the submission form. This was completed by a representative sample of Wellington’s population by age and gender. 441 people completed the survey.

This year we also established an online panel for members of the public to participate in discussions, polls and surveys relating to the activities of the Council, called Our Capital Voice. All 402 members were given the opportunity to take part in an opinion poll and discussion forums on the proposals in the draft Annual Plan.

Each submitter will be advised of the Council’s decision on the points made in their submission.

Community feedback focussed on the key issues

The majority of comments focused on the key variances to the Long-term Plan that were being proposed in the draft plan. This included:

Overall there was general support from the community for the need to make savings to keep rates affordable. While there was clear opposition to some savings options, there were also submitters that supported Council’s proposals to move the city forward. Other submitters commented on our business-as-usual work, raised operational matters or requested funding support.

Our Strategy and Policy Committee – made up of all Councillors and the Mayor – considered all submissions in early June. It provided recommendations to Council, which made its final decisions in late June.

The work programme outlined in this document is not the same as the one outlined in the draft plan. Changes made by the Council after hearing from the community include:

We had originally proposed to reduce opening hours and only open Khandallah library from 1.00pm to 5.30pm each weekday. After hearing from the community and library users we have decided to retain the existing opening hours.

We had proposed to be more consistent with closing hours, as currently some branch libraries close at 5.30pm or 6pm four days a week. We have decided to retain current closing hours at all libraries, including the one late night per week.

Introducing an enforceable P120 time limit and installing pay and display parking at $2.00 per hour from 10am to 4pm Monday to Friday was proposed to generate revenue of $32,400 per annum. We have decided not to proceed with this proposal. However, in line with recommendations from some submitters, we will increase our enforcement of the P120 time limit.

This proposal was to adopt the same charging mechanism for this car park as those used on the central business district side of the pool. That is: $1.50 per hour between 8am-6pm Monday to Thursday, 8am-8pm Friday and no charge Saturday and Sunday.

After consulting with the community, the users of the fitness centre and clubs we have decided that the members’ parking area at the rear of the facility will be retained as free parking and used as a sales point for swim and gym memberships at the facility. The retention of these parking spaces will reduce the revenue earned by the remainder of the car park to $60,000 per annum. The capital costs to put this place will be $20,000.

We explored the possibility of passing the management of the Recreation Centre over to the college. However, the college has said that at this stage it would prefer the current arrangement to continue. We are therefore no longer pursuing this option.

While we recognised taxis as an important part of Wellington’s public transport system for many people, we proposed to introduce a parking permit for taxis using dedicated taxi ranks in Wellington City. Currently taxis do not contribute to the maintenance of the transport network through parking charges, unlike other users.

After consultation with the community and Taxi Federation we have decided not to pursue this option for inclusion in the 2013/14 Annual Plan, but will continue to investigate whether this could be introduced in the future.

1These results are based on the total number of respondents (305) that completed the demographic questions.