David Loughrey

Council will carry on with stadium

Council will carry on with stadium

The Dunedin City Council plans to carry on with its funding of the stadium, despite the two court cases being taken against the project.

$4.7m for Regent upgrade likely

$4.7m for Regent upgrade likely

The Regent Theatre looks set to get the $4.7 million it requires for an upgrade, in a move that could solve the Dunedin City Council's need for a 600- to 800-seat theatre.

Rates figures reduced

After 50 hours of annual plan meetings, the Dunedin City Council managed to come home with a slightly reduced rate increase for the next financial year of 6.9%, down from an expected 7.8%.

Funds of $1m put back; housing strategy awaited

The $1 million a year for social housing removed from the Dunedin City Council's budget has gone back in for the moment, until a social housing strategy is complete.

Letter explains city council's actions

A nine-page letter explaining the Dunedin City Council's actions on the stadium got a thorough page-by-page, line-by-line grilling from councillors yesterday, before its expected release after June 2.

DCC promises answers on stadium submissions

DCC promises answers on stadium submissions

A reply to residents who presented submissions to the council opposing the Awatea St stadium has become "half the size of The Forsyte Saga", as the council tries to clear up what Mayor Peter Chin says are factual errors and wrong assumptions.

More delay on Riccarton Rd

Riccarton Rd residents will have to wait longer for a final outcome to roading issues in the area, with a delay in funding continuing a debate that has been going on for up to 15 years.

Status of stadium opponent questioned

Status of stadium opponent questioned

Queenstown property developer Basil Walker, the man behind the latest legal challenge against the Otago stadium, confirmed yesterday he is not a ratepayer and is an undischarged bankrupt.

DCC reminded of social duty

DCC reminded of social duty

After 36 hours at the table listening to 184 submitters, the Dunedin City Council will now turn its attention to who gets what, and how much ratepayers will pay when its annual plan process is complete.

Bus service can be 'a jewel'

Bus service can be 'a jewel'

Phillip Cole urged the council to find innovative ways to encourage people to use buses, and provided a few ideas of his own, despite responsibility for public transport being with the Otago Regional Council.