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Southern View: May 24, 2016

Southern View: May 24,

FREE TUESDAY MAY 24 2016 Southern View Proudly locally owned and published by Star Media Award winning publishing group Bellbird (Korimako) 379 7100 EXHIBIT NOW! SHOW 1ST-3RD JULY 2016 HORNCASTLE ARENA Contact Vanessa Fleming 021 914 565 Spreydon, Hoon Hay, Hillmorton, Cracroft, Cashmere, St Martins, Somerfield, Sydenham, Addington, Waltham, Opawa, Beckenham, Huntsbury, Woolston Mayhem in the mud St Anne’s Catholic School pupil Aidan-Jeremiah Aileone, 7, didn’t mind getting his clean clothes dirty at the school’s ‘grit challenge’ mud run last week. The challenge was one of several events the school held as part of Catholic Schools Day. Other events included a cross country race as well as music, dance and reflection workshops. Lincoln Rd plan criticised Claims that four-laning would ‘destroy’ Addington TOM DOUDNEY Plans to widen Lincoln Rd to cope with increasingly heavy traffic volumes have been criticised on the grounds that it would “destroy” Addington. The Spreydon-Heathcote Community Board’s submission on the city council’s Annual Plan outlined its opposition to the planned conversion of Lincoln Rd from two lanes to four between Wrights Rd and Curletts Rd. Board chairwoman Karolin Potter said the board’s opposition to the project was because it would clear the way for widening the road further up, between Whiteleigh Ave and Moorhouse Ave, which would ruin the connection between each side of the street. “I am absolutely adamant that the new south-west suburbs’ requirement that they get into town in 15 minutes does not include destroying the inner-city suburbs,” Ms Potter said. “If people live there they should expect to take 40 minutes to get to work either by cycle or public transport and not expect that motorways will be put through to get them there in 15 minutes.” Ms Potter said Waltham had been destroyed by Brougham St having been converted from two to four lanes in the late 1980s. City council head of transport Chris Gregory said there were no current plans to widen Lincoln Rd between Whiteleigh Ave and Moorhouse Ave but the section would be the subject of further studies. The board’s submission also highlighted “unprecedented expressions of public concern” about how the increased traffic on roads in the ward was making it difficult to turn right at intersections, especially when exiting hill suburbs like Cracroft and Cashmere. It requested that plans to install traffic lights at the intersection of Worsleys Rd and Cashmere Rd in 2021 be brought forward with planning to start in the coming financial year. Ms Potter said she intended to request a meeting with city council chief executive Dr Karleen Edwards to discuss her concerns about the high demand for traffic engineering solutions and the ability of a “small number” of city council staff to respond to it. HAVE YOUR SAY: Is widening roads like Lincoln Rd from two lanes to four the right way to deal with growing traffic volumes? Send your views to tom. INSIDE: • Puzzle expert in the zone, p6-7 • Stage Challenge 2016, p12 Please hurry this special offer ends: 31st May 2016. Remember to bring your voucher to your appointment. ouse of earing 100% NZ Owned & Operated CLINIC PHONE Fendalton 03 351 3535 Halswell 03 322 4326 Rangiora 03 310 7355 Papanui 0800 333 606 Kaiapoi Ashburton 03 0800 307333 8949 606 Ashburton 03 307 8949