Council signals support for enhancing passenger transport services

Published on 06 March 2018

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Horowhenua District Council’s Strategy Committee has approved a motion that will see Mayor Michael Feyen and Chief Executive David Clapperton working with stakeholders to advocate for enhanced passenger transport services within and outside the District.

The move recognises the strategic priorities set out in Horizons Regional Council’s draft Regional Land Transport Plan, which expects stakeholders to “deliver an optimised road, rail and public transport network that provides efficient, reliable access and movement for people and freight to and from key destinations within and outside the region”.

Mr Feyen said at the meeting that some people felt “stranded” by inadequate transport options, particularly those who relied on public transport.

The Committee agreed there was a need to look at public transport across the board.

The motion formed part of a Mayoral Work Programme which included a number of proposals.

In addition to advocating for enhanced passenger transport services, Committee members voted to support elements of the Mayoral Work Programme that endorsed the Mayor and the Chief Executive working with the Manawatu River Loop Working Party, and looking at establishing a working party to explore alternative water sources and storage for the Horowhenua District.

“Water sustainability is an important issue for Horowhenua, and Council is already seeking input from the community about solutions we can explore to ensure a sustainable future water supply as part of the consultation for the Long Term Plan 2018-2038,” Mr Clapperton said.

However, motions to explore the feasibility of growing hemp on a regional basis and the issue of underused land and the Moutoa Spillway were not approved.

“While I am disappointed that the Strategy Committee did not approve some elements of my proposed Work Programme, I look forward to working with Mr Clapperton to advocate for enhanced passenger transport, including commuter train transport, for our District,” said Mr Feyen.

“In a personal capacity, I will also continue to explore options around the growing of hemp in the Horowhenua, as the interest by many potential stakeholders is huge.”