29 March 2018
The Clyde Wastewater project and proposed Clyde Heritage Precinct Upgrades are set to be hot talking points at a 10-Year Plan drop in session in Clyde on Easter Monday.
Central Otago District Council (CODC) has planned two drop-in sessions for Clyde in the coming fortnight. Mayor Tim Cadogan said the long weekend was chosen for the first session in a bid "to capture cribbies as well as locals in the conversation".
Within its 10-Year Plan Consultation Document, which was released on Wednesday this week, CODC has included a proposal to introduce a reticulated wastewater scheme for Clyde. The proposed Clyde Wastewater Scheme would place a pipe to bring sewerage from the town to the Alexandra treatment plant, with that pipe preferably being laid at the same time as the Lake Dunstan Water Supply water pipe. Reticulated sewerage would then be put in place in Clyde through a staged process over the next 25 years.
Council's preferred option is for Clyde residents to pay a joining fee of $10,000 (for stage one) with all people connected to a wastewater scheme in Central Otago (as well as those in Clyde not yet connected) also contributing through an increase to the district wastewater charge.
"Clyde is the third largest town in our district and it is inevitable that a proper reticulated wastewater system will be required due to increasing environmental expectations and regulation. The only uncertainty is when this requirement will become a reality," said Mr Cadogan.
"Council is consulting with the whole Central Otago community on the timing of the project and how it is funded. Council recognises that its preferred option will have a significant financial impact on residents of Clyde and we want to be able to sit down and have a discussion with those residents about this. Choosing Easter Monday gives a great opportunity for locals and cribbies alike to come along and have a chat."
Recent growth in population, business, tourism and property development in Clyde is having an impact on the heritage and commercial precinct. This has led to increased demand for parking and use of public spaces. Council is proposing in Year 2 of the 10-Year Plan to undertake an upgrade to create Clyde's heart around a flexible shared public space in Lodge Lane, with pedestrian and cyclist access prioritised. The upgrades will address safety and parking issues and create more of an attraction of the Miners Lane river area.
"We'll have some artist impressions on display at our drop-ins so people can get an idea of how these spaces might look and feel in a few years' time," Mr Cadogan said.
The consultation proposal to bring forward full treatment for the Lake Dunstan Water Supply – the scheme that will service both residents on the current Alexandra and Clyde water supplies – will be of great interest to Alexandra residents who have been calling for improvements to address the taste, odour and harness of their water supply for a number of years.
While the drop-ins will have an obvious Clyde and Alexandra focus to them there will also be displays and information related to other projects within the 10-Year Plan, and the 30-year Infrastructure Strategy so anyone from the district passing through Clyde is welcome to pop in. Elected members and key senior staff from Council will be on hand to answer questions.
The first 10-Year Plan Drop-in Session will be held on Monday 2 April between 12 noon and 3pm at the Clyde Bowling Club. There will be a second session a week later at the bowling club on Tuesday 10 April between 5 and 7pm. The sessions are an opportunity for the public to find out more and clarify anything they need to help them make an informed submission. For more consultation information see www.codc.govt.nz/10for10.