Pathetic Response to Long-Term Plan Submissions

Written by on April 14, 2024

By John Freer

Significant increases to rates and major issues being faced by the Thames Coromandel District Council do not appear to have inspired residents to have their say on the draft 10-year long-term plan.

Numbers released last week revealed that only 282 submissions were received on the 2024-2034 draft plan, over 1300 fewer than for 2021.

Even three years further back in 2018 saw 785 people or groups put pen to paper and have their say.

We spoke to Thames Coromandel Mayor Len Salt asking for his opinion on this year’s pathetic response and on what he believed was behind the low submission numbers.

Open the link below to hear the interview.

Reader's opinions
  1. Tony FOX   On   April 15, 2024 at 8:23 am

    As the result of TCDC disempowering Community Boards and the majority of decisions now being made in Thames there is no doubt that the ‘ratepayer’ has simply given up.I have made a submission but have no intention of squandering time and money to speak to my submission.Sadly TCDC still want to be engaged in the Social space when the priority should be core services.

  2. Paddy Stewart   On   April 15, 2024 at 8:55 pm

    Council is too close to environmental pressure groups that do not represent the wider community. Why submit when you’ve already seen council side with fundamentalists against private property owners?

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