The Dunedin City Council has again been inundated with
last-minute submissions on its draft annual plan, pushing the
public response up to record levels.
Council corporate planner Jane Nevill said 1125 submissions
were received by Tuesday's 5pm deadline.
That was well up on last year's total of 262 and last week's
running total of 427, she said.
Most of this year's submissions had arrived in the past few
days and there were more people bringing theirs in even as
she collected the box at 5pm, Ms Nevill said.
''This happens every year. Usually, we get almost half of
them in the last two days,'' she said.
This year's tally was the highest in the past five years, and
''might be the most we have ever received'', she said.
The most popular topics this year were the
Portobello-Harington Point Rd section of road-widening and
cycleway work, with 550 submissions, followed by the Waipori
Fund's ethical investment strategy (270 submissions) and
heritage incentives (200).
Ms Nevill could not explain the sudden jump in public
interest, but noted it coincided with a more question-based
''Maybe people respond better to being asked questions ... It
shows there's been a good level of interest in what we're
doing this year.''
Having a say
DCC budget submissions by year
Draft annual plan submissions by topic. -
Portobello Rd-Harington Point Rd: 550
Waipori Fund ethical investment: 270
Heritage incentives: 200
Aquatic facilities - Mosgiel Pool: 140
Cycleway - Maia to Port Chalmers: 85
Food resilience: 28
Speed limit - Port Chalmers: 24
Dunedin digital office: 23