The Rototuna North area is a great example of what can be achieved - the % of pupils making their own way to school is high - the focus here needs to be on persuading parents not to take them or pick them up!! If it were possible to create a safer cycle route from the northern suburbs to the central city so that parents didn't have to collect those particularly, who have stayed later for after school activities, then that would be my priority.
For those who wish to travel east-west along Thomas Rd, the existing set-up is satisfactory though congested at peak times. Connecting Borman Road through Horsham Downs Rd to Gordonton Rd, not only provides a more direct route for the residents (old and young) of the Korikori area, but will take some of the pressure off the Thomas Rd route. There is another issue with the blockage of Kimbrae Drive by cars waiting to collect pupils from Peak. It seems that the good habits of walking, scootering, cycling to school which are promoted by Te Totara School are too much for the older pupils!!
We’re proposing to balance our books in 2024/25 and reset our debt-to-revenue ratio to 300% for 2021/22 then decreasing by 5% each year until 2025/26 where we will remain at 280% from 2026/27 to 2030/31. Rates are proposed to increase by an average of 8.9% in 2021/22 and 4.9% annually until 2030/31.
We have lots of other projects included in our Long-Term Plan. We want to hear you views on any of them.