What Council does can be divided into three groups:
We provide a wide range of services that people rely on every day. For example, water, roads and footpaths, health inspections, parks and libraries. Many of them are about keeping people and the environment healthy and safe. People don't really notice these services because they are just an expected part of their everyday lives. But they would be very hard to live without and we do put a lot of effort in to providing them. Page 62 of the Plan shows our current services and their daily costs. We think they provide real value for money and the feedback we got from people through the consultation on the Plan supports this.
We provide most of the City's infrastructure - the roads, pipes, treatment plants, sports facilities, library buildings and so on. Our day to day services depend on this infrastructure so it is really important that we keep it all in good condition and don't let it fail. This is called renewals. People also don't really notice the renewals happening (if we didn't do it and pipes started breaking then people would notice) but it is expensive. We have been renewing our infrastructure so it is in good condition, but in our consultation on the Plan we said we need to spend a bit more on renewals in the future, especially for water and wastewater. People supported this in their comments back to us.
City improvement projects
These are the new projects that make Palmerston North an even better place to live. People notice these things. Some of them are big citywide projects like our shared cycle paths and walkways. Other projects are smaller local improvements like new footpaths around Ashhurst School and a new community hub at Kelvin Grove. We are also planning and bringing forward CBD improvements to improve the prosperity of The Square and Broadway. Another big focus is improving the health of the Manawatū River (for more information see pages 4-5 of the Plan).
Brief descriptions of the renewals and improvement projects are available here. Information on the timing and the costs of the projects is in the Plan itself.
The 10 Year Plan is based on our Financial Strategy and our Infrastructure Strategy. Our Financial Strategy provides a framework which guides Council's decision making in a financially responsible and transparent way. Our Infrastructure Strategy sets out how and why we will invest in infrastructure (roading, stormwater, wastewater, and water) over the next 30 years.
It is also based on public feedback. Nearly 650 people commented on our 10 Year Plan Consultation Document. The Council carefully considered all of these comments when it finalised the Plan.