22 Jun 2018

Christchurch City Council is meeting today to make important decisions about its budget and how it will manage the challenges and opportunities the city faces over the next 10 years.

You can watch the meeting on our live stream or keep checking here for updates on key decisions.

9.40am

Mayor Lianne Dalziel has opened the meeting and the Council is currently dealing with some procedural matters. Soon the Mayor will begin outlining her budget recommendations to the Council. Councillors will have an opportunity during the course of the meeting to propose amendments to the recommendations.

You can read the Mayor's recommendations in full here(external link).

9.50am

The Mayor has moved the adoption of the recommendations and asked Councillors if they have any amendments. 

Cr Sara Templeton has moved an amendment that funding for section two of the Heathcote Expressway - one of the major cycle routes - is brought forward by a year. The amendment has been seconded by Cr Deon Swiggs.

Councillors are now debating the amendment. You can listen to the debate on the live-stream.

10.05am 

The amendment to bring forward funding for section two of the Heathcote Expressway to the 2024/25 financial year has been carried (passed). 

10.20am

At Cr Aaron Keown's request the wording of the Mayor's recommendation relating to providing additional funding to address road safety issues around the city, including at the Breens Road/Harewood Road/Gardiners Road intersection, has been altered to specifically include investigating the option of installing traffic lights at that intersection. 

10.30am

The Councillors have finished putting forward their amendments and now the Mayor and Councillors will debate the recommendations.

The Mayor is making her opening remarks.

She says the Council has had to put more money in its budget for repairing the city's horizontal infrastructure because the SCIRT programme had not delivered all that had been originally promised.

"We have heard over and over again get back to basics -get the basics right,'' the Mayor says.

Speaking about the stadium, the Mayor says the time is right to bring the funding forward but other parties will also need to contribute funding.

10.40am

The Councillors are now being invited to speak to the recommendations.

You can listen to what they have to say on the live-stream.

11.40am

The Councillors have finished making their speeches. The Mayor is thanking Councillors for the collaborative way they have worked on the LTP.  She is also thanking the more than 1500 groups and individuals who made submissions on the LTP.

The Mayor says she is personally concerned about the level of debt the Council is carrying and says it is something that will need to be addressed. 

She is also worried about the financial burden placed on ratepayers and says she hopes central government will work with local government to come up with a better way to fund core infrastructure.

11.45am

The Council has just voted in favour of all the Mayor's recommendations, as amended.

11.50am

The meeting is being adjourned.  The Council will reconvene on Tuesday to adopt the Infrastructure Strategy and to formally adopt the Long Term Plan.