When I came here in [redacted].It was a great city to drive around. Due to some pesky boy racers, instead of crushing their cars, Victoria street was strangled. then instead of investing in decent roads and widening moany more, the council took the soft option of placing lumps of concrete all over the roads to slow traffic down. Along with a real lack of investment in infrastructure and stupid ideas, this city is no longer the great city it use to be. Tauranga makes Hamiltion look like a car park. The city planners have followed the same mistakes we see in Auckland, pack them and stack them. The roads with narrow bridges and 2 into one roads everywhere has lead to many accidents, frustrated drivers and stifled traffic to overload situations at many times during the day when commuters need to go somewhere. In 5 years driving in Hamilton will be next to impossible. Personally, and having consulted widely, many alonmg with my own views see that there is no real intelligent city planning or imagination in this council. Even the lights in Angelsea Street sometimes go off in their own time wiith no rhyme or reason. When I have tried to contact someone to do something about it, the council call center wanst ne to leave the problem with them and nothing happens. I would suggest the mayor looks into this immedately and I would appreciate talking to someone over all this, as to date and since i have been here i Hamilton, I have seen no real investment into improving the situation. I had my Lexus written off by a car crashing into my rear and my daughter was driving in Normandy Road, and was sandwiched between two vehicles. I blame the poor over loaded roading for both those accidents.
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.
Rates should not be increased, cut back on wasteful council pen-pushing departments, and stop empire building. Take all city capital works currently farmed out to private contractors and bring the capital works under a council works department to save huge amounts of money paying profits for these contracted companies. If you do this you will save the money you want to charge the poor every suffering rate payers, as there will be no reason to raise the rates to because you would have already balanced the books.
We have lots of other projects included in our Long-Term Plan. We want to hear you views on any of them.
How about someone changing the rubbish bins to the yellow bins as per Christchurch City and the red to recycling. It's logical. Save having maggots everywhere and return to picking them up every week. We never had the problems we have now before. Family of 7.