Selwyn councillors sign off on Annual Plan

Work on the Foster Park Indoor Courts will continue as part of the major projects planned for the...
Work on the Foster Park Indoor Courts will continue as part of the major projects planned for the district. Photo: Supplied
Selwyn district councillors have unanimously agreed to sign off on the 2020/21 Annual Plan, giving the go ahead for $156 million in projects.

Councillors adopted the plan with no changes to the draft at a meeting on Wednesday. The planned projects are:

Major projects:
Rolleston’s new library and community centre Te Ara Atea ($22 million).
Foster Park Indoor Courts ($21 million).
Selwyn Aquatic Centre Extension ($13.8 million).
Selwyn Health Hub ($14.8 million).
Springs/Marshs Rds and Shands/Blakes Rds intersection upgrades ($10 million).
Wordsworth St Extension ($4 million).

District-wide projects:
Additional funding for township maintenance which covers things such as tree maintenance, garden mulch and planting replacement ($163,000).
Water supply reticulation and scheme capacity upgrades and renewals for Darfield, Hororata-Acheron, Kirwee, Leeston, Lincoln, Prebbleton and Rolleston ($5 million).
Construction of two additional solar drying hall lanes at the Pines Wastewater Treatment Plant ($6.9 million).
Wastewater reticulation upgrades will be undertaken across several townships in the eastern Selwyn and Ellesmere wastewater areas including upgrading of the Castle Hill and Lincoln oxidation ponds ($14 million).
Continuing with work on the Leeston Flood Bypass ($1.7 million).
The programme of projects to ease flooding in Hororata will continue ($400,000).
Initial work on the development of a reuse shop, salvage material yard and education centre as part of a wider upgrade to the Pines Resource Recovery Park ($3 million).
The District Plan review has been carried forward to the coming financial year ($2 million).

Local projects:

Ellesmere Ward

Installation of new cricket nets at Leeston park ($37,000).
Southbridge Pool painting and sealing ($5,000).
Southbridge Hall - replacement of windows ($200,000). Entrance pavement safety improvements have been brought forward from 2022/23 ($35,000).
Car park lighting at Lakeside Hall ($8,200).
Development of a new community reserve in Southbridge ($88,655).
Wastewater pipeline renewals ($1 million).

Malvern Ward

The roof replacement at Darfield Library has been brought forward from 2025/26 ($46,600).
Continued development of the Springfield Pit Reserve ($20,000).
Playground equipment renewal at Lake Coleridge ($61,000).
Additional budget for the extension to the Castle Hill Community Centre ($100,000).
Public toilet upgrades at Hororata Reserve ($183,690 and part-funded from the Government’s Tourism Infrastructure Fund).
The Rewi Alley car park resurfacing has been brought forward from 2022/23. ($5000).
Upgrades of the entrance at the Darfield Community Centre ($52,839).

Selwyn Central Ward

Installation of new cricket nets at Brookside Park ($40,000).
Retford Common reserve development in West Melton ($100,000).
Internal roadways for emergency access to indoor courts at Foster Park ($433,280).
Development of new neighbourhood reserves in Rolleston ($155,064).
Rolleston and Lincoln water capacity upgrades ($920,000).

Springs Ward

The first stage of the development at the new Prebbleton sports park on Birches Rd ($2.68 million).
Shands Rd Cemetery roadway extension ($104,448).
Renewal of lighting at the tennis courts at Broadfield Reserve ($29,326).
Renewal of gazebo at Springston Cemetery ($8000).
Water renewals for the ward ($370,000).
Wastewater upgrades and renewals ($646,000).

Some of the projects outlined in the 2020/21 Annual Plan have been carried forward from the 2019/20 financial year.

As part of the plan, the district council consulted on rates options for this year in a bid to ease financial pressure on residents.

It was decided that rates will increase by about 1.6 per cent, lower than the expected 3.5 per cent increase.

The general rate will increase by three per cent, the water supply rate by four per cent and the water race rate by three per cent which equates to the average 1.6 per cent.

Other options considered included keeping rates at the level they are now, increasing the volumetric water charge by 21 per cent and proceeding with the 3.5 per cent increase.

The district council identified savings of $1.7 million to reduce the level of the rates increase.

Deferred projects include refurbishments at the district council offices and public toilets for Lincoln and Prebbleton. Catering at district council meetings will also be stopped.









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