PAGE 4 BAY HARBOUR Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi Wednesday March 8 2017 News Former cop more positive after meeting • By Noah Graham A FORMER detective who complained about the Lyttelton police is now feeling more positive after a meeting with a senior Canterbury officer. Peter Newsome, who lives in port, met with Acting Inspector Paul Reeves last week to discuss an official complaint he made to the Minister of Police Paula Bennett. Mr Newsome laid the complaint in January after he felt two of his requests for help were “fobbed off” by local police. He was also concerned about the lack of local police on duty at the weekends and after hours. Mr Newsome’s complaint comes alongside growing discontent in Lyttelton about the police coverage there. Mr Newsome told Bay Harbour News yesterday that he was listened to and was told Lyttelton police will work with the community going forward. “I’m happy with it because it will help address some of the issues at the Lyttelton police station and it will start a wider debate with the community over what police are doing.” Mr Newsome’s complaint comes as two residents, Candice Milner and Paul Dietche, put together an online survey of about 100 residents concerned about policing. Sixty-six per cent believed the police response to crime in the area was inadequate. But, Mr Newsome said his formal complaint was not completely resolved. Mr Newsome said Acting Inspector Reeves addressed his requests for help specifically and explained the prioritisation policy the police use when dealing with incidents, which PROGRESS: Former detective and Lyttelton resident, Peter Newsome, met with Canterbury area prevention manager, Acting Inspector Paul Reeves, to discuss his official complaint to the Minister of Police Paula Bennett. helped him understand and agree one of his requests for help was low on the list. However, Mr Newsome believed police did not have enough resources. Overall, Mr Newsome said the talk was successful and thinks there will be more communication between the Lyttelton community and police. “I just think we have started a process and there is a dialogue in place between police and the community.” yellow plywood Vanity Range 20% Off Freestanding Baths 15-20% Off new range of Tapware and accessories instore NEW LOCATION 13b Parkhouse Rd, CHRISTCHURCH End of Line and Display Vanities up to 50% OFF Open 7 Days Mon - Fri 9.00 - 5.30, Sat 9.30 - 4.00, Sun 10.00 - 3.00 0800 MILLEN | www.millen.co.nz | 03 348 8678 NOW OPEN Fashion Labels Outlet Store Sorelli Fashion Labels Outlet Unit 4, Archerfield Business Park Senior Place, Bromley, Christchurch PHONE 389 2338 email: email@example.com HOURS: Mon - Fri 9.30am - 5pm Sat 10am - 3pm
Wednesday March 8 2017 Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi BAY HARBOUR PAGE 5 Hope for Sumner skate park THE BALL is starting to roll for a new permanent site for a Sumner skate park. The skate park was closed down on Wakefield Ave last month after it did not pass city council sound level tests. But the Linwood-Central- Heathcote Community Board has now decided to find a permanent skate park in the area with a full site selection process and a bid for funding in the city council’s Long Term Plan – which governs spending between 2018-2028. Sumner Green and Skate spokeswoman Kimberly Mossman said she was delighted by the response from the board and thought it was “absolutely brilliant”. Previously United Travel However, Mrs Mossman said the group really hoped for a good partnership with city council and although they need to find a skate park site, she hoped they would provide what the community really wants – a combined green and skate park. Firefighters hit the streets for cancer charity DONATING: Firefighters from the Lyttelton Volunteer Fire Brigade spent Saturday in their uniforms as they collected more than $3000 of donations for Leukemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand as part of the Sky Tower Stair Challenge in May. Chief fire officer Mark Buckley said Saturday’s collection was one of several they are doing over the next two months. He said they aim to have raised $15,000 for the event. FINAL SKATE: Charlie Hatley, 7, enjoyed the old Sumner skate ramp one last time at its farewell last month. “The only way to get a good outcome is to get the community’s voice heard.” She said the Green and Skate group know 26 Nayland St is the best choice for a skate park and understands city council have to go through long processes to purchase the land from LINZ. However, she said there also needs to be continued and open consultation from city council to the community so it can try to gain from 20 through to 26 Nayland St for a village green and skate area. Mrs Mossman said it has been a frustrating and long process but if city council “talks the talk”, the future for the skate park is promising. She said the children are really missing their skate ramp and have been travelling out of Sumner and into the city to fill their skating craving. Community Board member Sara Templeton said there has been demand for a skate park in the Bays area for many years. In Brief BONFIRE CALLOUT Firefighters attended a small bonfire on Sumner Beach on Saturday night. Sumner Volunteer Fire Brigade deputy chief fire officer Darren Wright said they were called out to the bonfire, which could have easily spread. He said conditions are still extremely dry and people need to take care. HEADSTONE REPAIRS The Banks Peninsula Community Board is asking for advice on whether a building consent is required to fix headstones in city council cemeteries. Chairwoman Christine Wilson said the question was raised by a board member. She said a lot of headstones throughout Christchurch were damaged in the 2011 earthquakes, including some in Lyttelton. She said although the repair of headstones is usually left up to the families, some may not be around to care for them anymore. While repairing the headstones is not an immediate issue, the board wants to have the information ready so it is prepared for when something is done about them, she said. 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