I look forward to representing you as a Nelson City Councillor, helping make Nelson the most vibrant small city in New Zealand. A place we are proud to call our home.
Working with families to keep children safe has been the focus of my 25 year social work career at Child Youth and Family, the last 18 years in Nelson.
My contribution to the sporting community includes a current role on the Board of Nelson Cricket where I am proud to be part of the team that has brought international cricket to Nelson, and 11 years as President of the Nelson Suburbs Football Club.
If elected, I will be part of a Council that spends your rates money wisely, ensures a safe and healthy community for all, works as a team and provides quality services now and plans well for the future. Read more about me at www.stephenalder.com
|Policy||Policy Description||Our Rating|
|Climate Change||Q. What is your view on climate change, and how do you think Nelson City Council should react to it?
A. I accept the science that tells us the climate is changing and the Council as a responsible steward of the City needs to respond to and plan for future climate change challenges.
Q. Which of the Nelson 2060 Goals would you prioritise?
A. I support all of the 10 goals being worked towards.
Q. What do you see as the most effective methods for Nelson City to encourage reduction of greenhouse gas emissions?
A. Support initiatives such as recycling, using less water, powering down electronics at home and at work, and having your 5 most used lights at home using energy efficient light bulbs
|Car Commuting Minimisation||Q. Do you think single occupant car commuting is a major cause of our road congestion? It seems to be from my observation. If so, how do you think this could be changed?
A. We need to learn from other communities of a similar size and plan now and implement a range of transport solutions that future proofs the region and we grow. We need to do this in conjunction with Tasman.
Q. Do you think it a good idea to prioritise making it safe for the majority of children to get to school by active transport, ahead of expanding roading capacity? If so do you have any ideas of how this might be done?
A. Look at improved cycle/walk networks in the City. I live in Stoke close to the railway reserve and this is very well used for links to the schools here.
|Public Transport||Q. Do you think public transport needs to be improved in Nelson? Yes. If so, how?
A. One idea would be to look at express buses that do pick up at certain places only- Richmond, Brightwater, Wakefield, Mapua , Motueka, with no stops until you get into the City. Also have a swipe card system for getting on and off current buses.
Q. What are your thoughts on a dedicated, frequent summertime beach bus connecting the Nelson City Centre to Tahunanui beach?
A. It would be good to trial such as option.
Q. Should Council reintroduce electric buses on the Nelson - Richmond Route?
A. Have not looked at this so don’t have a view at present.
|Electric Vehicles||Q. What do you think would encourage uptake of electric vehicles in Nelson?
A. Council cannot control the price of these vehicles, but could look at what other Councils have done to encourage use of electric cars, including supporting the location of a fast charge station in the City.
|Building Regulations and Urban Planning||Q. What are your views on allowing more townhouses close into city and suburban centres as a means of minimising the need to use a car?
A. I think this is a great idea.
Q. Do you agree that we should be finding ways to reduce the lifetime energy costs of new buildings? Yes. If so, how would you go about doing this?
A. Use the best technology we have in our building and construction sector. There have been big advances in this area in recent years, such as requiring all new houses to have double glazed windows and insulation requirements on new homes.
Q. What is your opinion on the densification of residential housing as a way of decreasing our carbon footprint per dwelling, while also improving affordability, quality and availability of housing?
A. We need to move further in this direction. In my street there have been two houses relocated, on one section four units have been built and another just removed house it looks like it will have 6 units built. Acorn Way, close to where I live had two houses on it from memory. There are now 14 units on this same piece of land.
|Sea Level Rise||Q. How would you encourage Nelson City Council to respond to the threat of sea level rise? Eg Raise the floor level of new buildings in hazard areas as per Niwa Report.
A. Again, listen to the science and implement changes where required, just as has been done with new building requirements for warmer homes, and more efficient wood burners.
Q. What would be your approach to the managed retreat option for properties and structures at high risk from flooding and/or erosion due to sea level rise?
A. There may be some areas where retreat has to be accepted and others where we need to look at how to protect infrastructure. How at risk is Nelson Airport? Could we put it somewhere else?