We got a phone call from Auckland Council's rep Nigel King – Customer Services Manager this morning (this was in no doubt as a result of an email sent by Margaret first thing, asking why we haven't received any written confirmation of what we were told, was to follow, after the hearings!)
Nigel advised that he will be attending a meeting with Council's Finance and Strategy Committee on 23 May '12, there, he said he would be making the following recommendations:
1. That the proposed (Bee keeping annual consent) fee be removed from the Auckland Council LTP.
2. That Bee keeping on ‘Public Land' would require consent; and that
2.a. any such consent would be at no charge (to the applicant).
3. That Auckland Council will not charge any fee nor require consent for those keeping Bees on Private land.
We would like to thank Nigel for his call this morning, and thank him for supporting those who keep Bees in Auckland, we hope his recommendations are supported.
Point: Unfortunately there was no mention of removing any penalties for keeping Bees, we believe this should also be part of their considerations.
If Nigel's recommendations are supported, we believe this would be a fair outcome. We feel the benefits will be 100% for Bee keepers who have Bees on their (or other's) Privately owned land.
So… go Auckland Council's Finance and Strategy Committee!… we encourage you to remove the Fee, support these recommendations, plus add that there will be no penalties for keeping Bees and we will know you have listened and support the keeping of Bees in Auckland! This will be a great move for Auckland Council and we hope all Council's (all over the world) will take a leaf out of Auckland Council's tree.
We Beekeepers can continue to provide swarm control services to Council with no need to charge for this service – so win/win 🙂
We anticipate being able to update you after the meeting of 23 May '12. Please be aware that the decisions from the delegated authorities, such as the Finance and Strategy Committee, are then presented to the Council for adopting into the Auckland Council Long Term Plan – meeting of 28 June '12.
We would like to clarify the the matter of receiving the information in writing after the hearings, I have been advised that Council were unable to provide their decision in writing until it had been through the complete submission process, which entailed the submissions being considered by the delegated authorities. Delegated authorities are the committee's or boards who are responsible for the relevant subject being considered and as this is yet to happen, Council could not provide anything in writing at this time. We appreciate Council getting back to us on this matter.
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