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Responses on way to LTP submitters

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Submitters to the Long-Term Plan (LTP), you have not been ignored. An official council response to your submission is on its way.

Some of the responses, prepared for a council meeting on May 14 to consider submissions to the draft LTP, have been published in editorials over the past two months. For four weeks that was under the assumption submitters had already been sent these council officer replies. They were informative responses to specific points raised, and many people had put a lot of effort into their submissions. Why wouldn’t they get a timely reply that had already been prepared?

Asked about this, a council spokeswoman replied:

“Our responses are sent at the same time the LTP is made formally available to the public on our website which is this Friday. While there were 347 submissions there were over 1000 points that required consideration and response.

“It’s important to be aware the initial responses are to inform councillors during the hearings and deliberations process. The responses available with the submission reports are not final.........

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