Plan hearing to beheld in Mosgiel

The Dunedin City Council is taking its Long Term Plan hearings to Mosgiel as a ''mark of respect'' after it was inundated with submissions on a proposed new pool for the community.

Mayor Dave Cull said the decision to hear submissions at Salvation Army Hall on Monday was made because of the huge number received on the unfunded proposal for a $15 million aquatics centre in Mosgiel.

''It's a mark of respect for the community out there. We just think there is so much interest out there we will go to them,'' Mr Cull said.

Figures released last week showed 1030 of the submissions the council received on its Long Term Plan mentioned the Mosgiel pool, almost half the total number received.

Holding a Long Term Plan meeting outside of central Dunedin was new territory for the mayor.

''We have had council meetings elsewhere ... but I can't remember receiving submissions anywhere else.''

The council was still settling on the format for how it would hear submissions in Mosgiel, as a lot of submitters were saying practically the same thing.

One suggestion was for people to put ideas up on a whiteboard, which meant if someone had already spoken to an idea other people would not need to.

The hearing in Mosgiel, which begins at 4pm, did not preclude people - including Dunedin residents - from making submissions on the pool project at Long Term Plan meetings at the council chambers.

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