Debbie Porteous

Council taking steps to speed up consents

Council taking steps to speed up consents

A series of measures to try to speed up the processing of building consents has been outlined by Dunedin City Council senior management, but they warn the problem not will be fixed overnight.

Stadium payment may rise

Stadium payment may rise

Dunedin ratepayers will be called on for the third year in a row to help balance Forsyth Barr Stadium's books.

Chance to develop shared facilities

Chance to develop shared facilities

Support has been sought from the Dunedin City Council for a large new joint sports hub development behind Logan Park High School.

Peninsula shared path debate continues

Submissions on the sequence of road improvements for Portobello Rd-Harington Point Rd continued yesterday, with both sides of the debate again putting their cases.

Library advocate speaks

Long-time advocate for Dunedin libraries Merle van der Klundert, from the Dunedin Public Libraries Association, has once again urged the council to pay serious attention to its libraries.

Staff ordered to attend to clubrooms

Staff ordered to attend to clubrooms

The Mornington Football Club is hoping it has already had a win at the 2014-15 draft annual plan hearings after councillors ordered the situation with their unusable council-owned club rooms be addressed.

Equal funding bid

Equal funding bid

Otago Museum has the most visitors of Dunedin's cultural institutions, has the biggest collection and has had no funding increase for four years, so it would be fairer for the Dunedin City Council to redistribute the increases proposed for 2014-15 equally among Otago Museum, Toitu and Dunedin Public Art Gallery, says museum director Ian Griffin.

Safe route for kids 'matter of life and death'

Safe route for kids 'matter of life and death'

The discussion over which end of Portobello-Harington Point Rds should be improved first was turning into a winners and losers debate, Dunedin city councillor Kate Wilson noted as people continued to air their views on the topic at the council's annual plan hearings yesterday.

Council acknowledges consent problems

Council acknowledges consent problems

Some Dunedin builders say they are fed up with delays in processing building consents for city projects. Debbie Porteous asks what their concerns are and what is happening in the Dunedin City Council's consent processing department.

At odds over cycleway timing

At odds over cycleway timing

There was clear evidence of the division in opinion on the order of road-widening work on Otago Peninsula as Dunedin city councillors began hearing from users of the road yesterday.