What would you like to see in your local council's outdoor space policy?
More concerts, festivals and markets are on the cards for Wellington City if a new plan is approved by council.
The council is reviewing its policies for trading and events in public spaces, making some areas more accessible while placing heavier regulations in others.
26 parks, reserves and carparks are being explored to allow commercial trading, street vendors, tourist activities and recreational equipment to operate.
Commercial activities that might degrade public land, like commercial tours and fitness classes may be charged a licensing fee to cover administration, repairs and maintenance.
A limit on dog walkers and a reduction of footpath signage would be a part of the council's plan to scrap two pieces of existing policy.
Would you support the changes if your local council implemented them? Let us know in the comments below and don't forget to type NFP if you don't want your comments featured in the Hutt News.
It is not Friday but here here is a bonus Friday Feathered Friend from Rosa Marie.
"Just something to make the bird loving followers smile a little....
One of our resident blackbirds has decided that he would prefer bathing in our cat's outdoor water bowl rather than in our very posh and elegant bird birth! His sparrow mate had to make do with washing in the puddle created by the blackbird's vigorous ablutions!"
Parts of Hutt River off limits as toxic algae reaches red alert levels
(To help keep your dogs safe, please keep dogs either on lead or under control and away from Hutt River. This problem happens most summers and has killed dogs previously. But new dog owners may not be aware.)
From Dominion Post 14 January 2022
'Swimmers and dog owners are being asked to avoid areas of the Hutt River after high levels of toxic algae were found.
Toxic algae are a significant health risk as swallowing water containing the bacteria can cause serious illness, with pieces as small as a 50c coin enough to kill dogs.
Greater Wellington Regional Council’s Dr Evan Harrison said, monitoring data at the Hutt River at Silverstream Bridge, and Hutt River upstream of Silverstream bridge returned red alert levels of toxic algae.
“This means there are high levels of cyanobacteria present rendering the site unsuitable for swimming, and it should be avoided,” he said.'
The Hutt River gets a health check every week, monitoring for E.coli, toxic algae and nutrients
Pleased to observe the upwards trending of the Sunday Brewtown market in Upper Hutt.
It is now bigger and bolder and stretching its array of market place items and the increase in cutomer attendance is fully warranted.
Good that Brewtown has alligned itself to presenting quality to the public in all aspects. The New Year Eve party under the marquee was another example.