Annual plan to put Nelson on the mountain biking map

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Mountain bikers made some noise with their annual plan submissions and it appears the council were listening.

Nelson City Council spent Wednesday and Thursday deliberating its draft annual plan and have decided to back the development of recreational pursuits.

Mayor Rachel Reece says around half of the 600 submissions were from the mountain biking community.

“These highlighted a real appetite to cement Nelson as a world class cycling destination, and I am delighted to have included a number of initiatives in this plan.”

The council’s work programme now contains a total of $178,000 for mountain biking projects, including a new grade twotrack in Marsden Valley; a new track and toilet facilities on Fringed Hill and the reinstatement of Codgers Track.

From these developments, Rachel says Nelson could be as busy in the shoulder and winter seasons as it is in summer.

Kitesurfers will also be happy with the news that they will soon be able to wash down their gear at Tahunanui Beach, after receiving a $2500 for wash-down facilities.

Saxton Field is also set to benefit from $88,000 for the joint cricket/target shooting facility, $70,000 for the verandah and pathways and $20,000 for an upgraded hammer throw cage.

The council has allocated up to $100,000 to support the gondola project through its next stages.

The final annual plan will be signed off on June 2, and will come into force on July 1.

The plan will also see a rate increase of 2.84 per cent compared with the long term plan figure of 3.4 per cent for the 2016/17, and a debt level of $131 million compared with the long term plan figure of $133 million.