7 Aug 2009

Canterbury council defers water charges

2:36 pm on 7 August 2009

Canterbury Regional Council has put off implementing cost recovery charges for water management for a year, to allow for greater community input and more time for consultation.

The council is setting up a working group to oversee public consultation on the proposal.

Chairman Sir Kerry Burke says the council hasn't dropped the charging proposal, but has decided on further consultation, because more than half the submissions made on Environment Canterbury's draft long term plan related to water cost recovery issues.