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By April 14, 2016 No Comments

Autumn is upon as the days get shorter and the nights get longer.

It was with disappointment the community was subjected to another wastewater leakage into the harbour at Easter.

As your Councillor I feel embarrassment when these situations arise particularly when significant funds have been put in the budget to minimize these situations. What makes it worse in this latest situation is that it was while work was being done for that very reason.

As I mentioned in my last column, the seasonal pressure on parking in Raglan has created significant debate and council will continue to try and identify solutions in the short term for next summer and a medium to longer-term strategy.

As visitor and tourist numbers increase with more and more taking advantage of what Raglan has to offer, highlights that there are more and different water sports been enjoyed and no one group has dominance over an other.

It was pleasing to see a number of the community out to discuss their views on freedom camping as part of drafting a new By-law, which has been given by Government to councils to enact. I look forward to seeing the submissions when the draft by-law goes out for consultation.

Another policy is out for consultation that you may have an interest in and that is the draft Grass Verge Policy 2016, council currently maintains over 670 individuals grass verges throughout the Waikato district at a cost of over $103,000 per year.

The draft Grass Verge Policy states that the maintenance of grass verges is the responsibility of the connected property owner, with exemptions. If the landowner is ill, elderly has a steep grass verge or if the grass verge is over 300sqm, an application can be made to council.

If you are currently having your verge mowed, I would urge you to check out the policy at the council office and make a submission or go to the council website, (www.waikatodistrict.govt.nz) by the 8th April.

Another by-law out for feedback is the Proposed Trade Waste and Wastewater By-law, this is the regulation to protect and control the quality and quantity of Trade Waste. Feedback open until 23rd May.

As Councillor I receive a lot of calls from folk living on or using metal roads, particularly south of Raglan, so we have arranged a community meeting at Te Mata with staff available to talk about how the new roading alliance works and get your roading questions answered.

Remember that all council agendas and minutes are on the council website and if you would like to discuss council issues with me please contact me through the council office or my mobile 0211553778 or email me clint.baddeley@waidc.govt.nz

Regards,
Clint Baddeley
District Councillor
Raglan

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