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Fitzroy Pool Stays Open for Belated Summer 01 March 2017 New Plymouth’s free beach-side city pool is staying open for another few weeks. Fitzroy Pool was due to be closed for the season last Sunday (26 FEBRUARY), but the late arrival of summer has prompted New Plymouth District Council to delay its closure. “We’ll be keeping Fitzroy Pool open until the end of Taranaki Anniversary Day,” says NPDC Manager Venues and Events Ron Murray. “The weather has improved markedly in recent days and we want to take advantage of it.” The pool is open from 2pm to 7pm from Monday to Friday, and from 10am to 7pm on weekends and public holidays. Children under the age of eight must be actively supervised by a caregiver 16 years or over, and children under the age of five must be within arm’s reach of a caregiver 16 years and over at all times. Have Your Say in New Plymouth Airport Survey 01 March 2017 Research by New Plymouth District Council will provide valuable experience for one of the region’s premier education institutions. From today (Wednesday), New Plymouth Airport will run a customer survey regarding travel habits and preferences, with the help of students from the Pacific International Hotel Management School (PIHMS). PIHMS Senior Lecturer Dr Robin Hill says it is a great opportunity for the two organisations to work together. “The survey is a win-win for New Plymouth Airport and PIHMS as they want the results to help shape the new airport terminal and our students need to complete a research module,” he says. The survey will run from 27 February to 19 March. Students will be in the terminal at various times of the day with iPads, or alternatively people can fill in the survey online at nplairport.co.nz or newplymouthnz.com/AirportSurvey. NPDC Manager New Plymouth Airport Wayne Wootton says the survey’s results will reveal what customers want in the new terminal. “It will give us an insight into the terminal users – where they fly to and from, where they live, the split between business and the leisure travel, retail and café experience options and their choice of airline,” he says. The terminal development and the survey are part of NPDC’s District Blueprint key goals around economic growth and building partnerships with organisations. Road Safety Project Begins in Marfell 28 February 2017 Road changes to improve pedestrian and driver safety have started on Cook Street, New Plymouth. Work has begun on narrowing Cook Street’s intersections with Adventure Place and Omata Road, and installing raised thresholds at both sites. NPDC Manager Transportation Carl Whittleston says the Cook/Omata changes are the result of public requests to encourage slower traffic on the road, while the improvements at Adventure Place were planned as part of the development of a new entrance to Marfell Park. “The thresholds are similar to what was installed in Hobson Street to slow down traffic near New Plymouth Boys’ High School and the hockey turf,” he says. “The threshold at the Cook/Omata intersection will alert drivers that they’re entering a different environment where lower speeds are expected.” The project will take about eight weeks (weather permitting) There will be traffic delays during construction with either a stop-go in operation or a diversion down Banks Street in place. Drivers are asked to travel carefully through the worksite and the Council thanks the public for their patience. Request for Temporary Road Closures for Taranaki Car Club events June and July 2017 28 February 2017 The Taranaki Car Club has requested the closure of the following roads to conduct motorsport events. The applications are being considered under Schedule 10 of the Local Government Act 1974. Send written submissions about the closures to New Plymouth District Council by 4pm on Wednesday 15 March. Submissions must be made on the road closure form or by contacting the Council on 06-759 6060 or enquiries@npdc.govt.nz. The requested temporary road closures are as follows: De Havilland Drive Street Sprints Date and period of closure: from 7am to 5pm on Sunday 11 June. Roads to be closed: Swans Road from Cygnet to De Havilland drives. De Havilland Drive from Corbett Road to 200m before the intersection with Paraite Road. Albatross Place. Hercules Place. Vampire Place. Map of road closure Hurlstone Drive Street Sprints Date and period of closure: from 7am to 5pm on Sunday 30 July. Roads to be closed: Hurlstone Drive from Wendy Place to 200m before the intersection with Katere Road. Wendy Place. Cody Place. Map of road closure Please note: at each location the closed roads could reopen earlier than advertised and there will be emergency vehicle access at all times. Nag n Noggin Off Licence Application 27 February 2017 Sale and Supply of Alcohol 2012 Nag n Noggin On Licence 27 February 2017 Sale and Supply of Alcohol 2012 Temporary road closure for Lions Centennial Parade in Inglewood 27 February 2017 In accordance with the tenth schedule of the Local Government Act 1974, the following roads will be closed to ordinary vehicular traffic to enable the Inglewood Lions Club to hold a parade. Date and period of closure: from 1.30pm to 3.30pm on Saturday 4 March 2017. Roads to be closed: Matai Street (SH 3) from Brookes Street to Rata Street (SH 3). Rata Street (SH 3) from Rimu Street (SH 3a) to Brown Street. Cutfield Street from Rata to Brookes streets. Kelly Street from Matai to Brown streets. Affected roads: Brookes Street Brown Street In the event of a situation necessitating the use of the road, contact must be made with the organiser on-site, on the day. The road may be reopened at an earlier time as decided by the organisers upon removal of all road closure signs and barriers at the venue. The roads will then be open to normal vehicle traffic and normal traffic regulations will apply. Temporary Road Closure Devon Street New Plymouth for the Multi Ethnic Extravaganza Parade 27 February 2017 In accordance with the tenth schedule of the Local Government Act 1974, the following road will be closed to ordinary vehicular traffic to enable the Taranaki Multi Ethnic Council to conduct a parade as part of the Multi Ethnic Extravaganza. Date and period of closure: from 10am to noon on Saturday 4 March 2017. Road to be closed: Devon Streets from Dawson to Gover streets. Affected adjoining roads: James and Boon lanes, and Dawson, Queen, Robe, Egmont, Brougham, Currie and Liardet streets. In the event of a situation necessitating the use of the road, contact must be made with the organiser on-site, on the day. The road may be reopened at an earlier time as decided by the organisers upon removal of all road closure signs and barriers at the venue. The roads will then be open to normal vehicle traffic and normal traffic regulations will apply. Temporary Closure of Brooklands Park for WOMAD Event Construction 27 February 2017 The WOMAD festival site-build starts next week.  To ensure public safety, Brooklands Park, Brooklands Zoo, the Gables, Kunming Garden and the TSB Bowl of Brooklands and their associated entrances will be closed from 8am on Monday 6 March until midnight on Thursday 23 March. “It’s about keeping everyone safe and we apologise in advance if it’s a short-term hassle for some nearby residents,” says NPDC Recreation and Culture Manager Teresa Turner. “The TSB Bowl of Brooklands and associated areas need to be transformed from a public park into a secure and fully serviced ticketed venue for this event. “WOMAD will be setting up the site for up to 15,000 people, which involves installing temporary buildings, stages, sound systems and large scale structures and it’s safer for everyone if the public aren’t moving through the area during that time.” WOMAD injects more than $5 million into the Taranaki economy. There will be about 30 plant/heavy equipment movements during the set-up. This includes installing 14 portacoms, 12 containers of various sizes, additional toilets and the associated plumbing and electrical services required, plus erecting fences, marquees, stages, lighting and seating. “It’s like creating a small, temporary town to accommodate thousands of people,” says Ms Turner. Signs will be installed to advise the public about which entrances are closed and which alternate routes they can take at the each temporarily closed entrance. Information on the event construction zone can also be found online by clicking here.  THE BOTTLE O Application 21 February 2017 N H NEW PLYMOUTH LIMITED of C/- Level 6, 5 Short Street, NEW MARKET 1023, has made an application to the New Plymouth District Licensing Committee for the grant of a New Off Licence for the premises situated at 633 Devon Road WAIWHAKAIHO, NEW PLYMOUTH 4312 known as THE BOTTLE O. The general nature of the business conducted (or to be conducted) under the licence is a Bottle Store - Off Licence. Days and Hours: Monday to Sunday 8am to 9.30pm You may also inspect the application at the New Plymouth District Council, Liardet Street, New Plymouth. If you would like to object to the application, in accordance with the Act, please write to us within 15 working days of this notice District Licensing Committee at Private Bag 2025, New Plymouth 4342. This publication was made on 22 February 2017 Kin and Co Application 19 February 2017 Sale and Supply of Alcohol 2012 Free Desexing for Menacing Dogs 17 February 2017 Free desexing and microchipping of dogs classified as menacing is being offered by New Plymouth District Council. The initiative is part of the Government’s national strategy to reduce the risk and harm of dog attacks. The funding is a good opportunity for owners of menacing dogs to have their pets neutered or spayed for free before a possible law change makes desexing mandatory, says NPDC Manager Customer and Regulatory Services Katrina Brunton. “Currently only dogs classified as dangerous must be desexed but it’s likely the law will be changed later this year to include menacing dogs,” she says. “Under this initiative, we have Government funding to pay for neutering or spaying and the dogs’ after-care, and the Council will pay for microchipping the animals. “We’ll be improving safety in the community by reducing the risk posed by menacing dogs and removing the price-barrier for their owners.” The Council is contacting all owners of menacing dogs in the district to advise them on how to be part of the initiative, which is being coordinated with the New Plymouth SPCA and Vets4Pets. After each dog’s operation, an Animal Control Officer will follow up with the owner about dog safety, risk minimisation, housing, fencing and safe exercise. “The Council has an ongoing focus on education and risk prevention with animals, and this free desexing programme is another part of that service for dog owners and the general public,” says Ms Brunton. The district has nearly 160 dogs classified as menacing that are not desexed. Appointment Made to Audit and Risk Committee 16 February 2017 An appointee to New Plymouth District Council’s Audit and Risk Committee brings with her significant experience and expertise from large public agencies. Committee Chairman Richard Handley says Adrienne Young-Cooper’s appointment reflects the maturing of risk management in New Zealand and the seriousness that the Council places on it. “We’re delighted we’ve been able to attract an independent member of such experience and capability,” says Councillor Handley. “Adrienne will provide an external perspective to our decision-making in this critically important area, particularly given our focus to retain the Council’s AA/A-1 rating with Standard and Poor’s – the highest rating possible for local government in New Zealand.” Ms Young-Cooper is a Chartered Fellow – the most senior status available – of the Institute of Directors. Her background includes directorships of some of New Zealand’s significant companies. She is currently a board member of the NZ Transport Agency, Chair of Housing New Zealand Corporation, and Director of HLC (Hobsonville Land Company Limited) and Wairaka Land Company Limited.  The Audit and Risk Committee makes recommendations to the Council on NPDC’s internal control framework and financial management practices, internal and external reporting and accountability arrangements, and risk management systems, processes and practices. Mangati Walkway Access 15 February 2017 We are carrying out maintenance on the sewerage network in Bell Block over the next couple of months, which will reduce public access on Mangati Walkway. The section from Parklands Avenue to Lantana Drive will have periods of reduced public access until Friday 31 March. The accessways from Lantana and Camellia avenues will be closed to the public during this time. Please read the signs and take care in these areas during the work period. Thank you in advance for your flexibility and patience. POLPETTA Application 15 February 2017 Sale and Supply of Alcohol 2012 MOTUROA ASSOCIATION FOOTBALL AND SPORTS CLUB Application 15 February 2017 Sale and Supply of Alcohol 2012 Mayor of New Plymouth Condemns Murray Chong's Social Media Comments 14 February 2017 The Mayor of the New Plymouth District Neil Holdom has asked Councillor Murray Chong to apologise for comments made on social media about Maori language. “I am deeply disappointed by these comments which were made personally by Mr Chong and do not reflect the view of the New Plymouth District Council. I conducted an urgent meeting with Mr Chong today and told him his behaviour is unacceptable. I’m working with Mr Chong to ensure this does not happen again.” Mr Holdom said the New Plymouth District Council was committed to developing partnerships with Maori in the district and building a stronger, more united community over the coming years. Mr Chong will apologise and that will conclude the Council’s formal disciplinary process. Four formal complaints have been received. Let's Go Get Breakfast 13 February 2017 Would you like a free breakfast with your morning ride into work? New Plymouth District Council is holding a Let’s Go Breakfast this Wednesday (15 February) outside Puke Ariki’s library wing for everyone who is taking active travel to work or school. “If you’re biking, walking, taking the bus, on a skateboard or scooter, or even carpooling, pop by for free hotcakes and maple syrup,” says NPDC Integrated Transport Officer Nathaniel Benefield. The Landing Café will be providing $1 regular coffees and hot chocolates for all active travellers attending the breakfast, and local band Sonic Delusion will be keeping the morning moving with live music. The breakfast will run from 7.30am to 9am, weather permitting – any cancellation will be posted on Let’s Go’s Facebook page. Let’s Go is an NPDC and NZTA funded programme to encourage more people into active and sustainable travel, to develop New Plymouth into a model walking and cycling community. QUALITY HOTEL PLYMOUTH INTERNATIONAL Application 12 February 2017 Sale and Supply of Alcohol 2012 Temporary Road Closure during the Nitro Circus Event at Yarrow Stadium 09 February 2017 In accordance with the tenth schedule of the Local Government Act 1974, the following road will be closed to ordinary vehicular traffic and temporary traffic controls will be in place during a Nitro Circus event at Yarrow Stadium. Road to be closed: Maratahu Street from Tukapa Street to 3m west of Yarrow Stadium’s main vehicle entrance (adjacent to the Maara Tahu Centre). Date and period of closure: from 2pm to 9.30pm on Sunday 12 February 2017. Temporary traffic controls to be in place during the above road closure: P2 drop-off parking zone on the south side of Tukapa Street from 31 Tukapa Street east to Maratahu Street. Bus parking only around the perimeter of Sanders Park on Wallace Place andCutfield and Gladstone roads. If the event does not take place on Sunday 12 February due to weather conditions, the road closure and temporary traffic controls will be in place during the following timeframe: Alternative date and period of closure: from 2pm to 9.30pm on Monday 13 February 2017. In the event of a situation necessitating the use of the road, contact must be made with the organiser on-site, on the day. The road may be reopened at an earlier time as decided by the organisers upon removal of all road closure signs and barriers at the venue. The roads will then be open to normal vehicle traffic and normal traffic regulations will apply.
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