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Southern View: September 13, 2016

Southern View: September 13,

FREE TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 13 2016 379 7100 Southern View Proudly locally owned and published by Star Media Award winning publishing group Bellbird (Korimako) Spreydon, Hoon Hay, Hillmorton, Cracroft, Cashmere, St Martins, Somerfield, Sydenham, Addington, Waltham, Opawa, Beckenham, Huntsbury, Woolston Beautifully balanced Decision soon on work at intersection Beckenham dancer Ayiana Lo-Fo-Wong’s love for ballet began when she attended a performance at the age of three. Ten years on, the now 13-year-old spends more than 20 hours dancing a week and wants to be professional ballet dancer. The hard work has been paying off with Ayiana winning a prize in the New Prague Dance Festival in the Czech Republic in July. However, the ballet education, leotards and several point shoes a year don’t come cheap and Ayiana’s family have applied for an AMP scholarship which has a people’s choice component. Her mother, Jaimita de Jongh said, winning the scholarship would guarantee she could keep training for another 18 months. •Help Ayiana by voting for her in the AMP People’s Choice Award before October 2 by going to •She can be seen on YouTube. • By Bridget Rutherford TRAFFIC SIGNALS could be installed at a dangerous Cracroft intersection after 21 years of campaigning – at the expense of other roading improvements. Residents have been lobbying for traffic signals to be installed at the Worsleys, Cashmere and Hoon Hay Rds intersection, saying it was busy and dangerous. Between 2010-2014, it had six reported crashes there, three of which resulted in serious injuries. On Thursday, the city council will decide whether to approve bringing funding for the intersection upgrade forward to 2017-2019 so the work could be done sooner. But it would be short of the $2.8 million needed to do the work, so funding would need to be diverted from two other roading upgrades in Shirley and the central city. The work would see the intersection, which is currently made up of two ‘Tintersections’ with give way BUSY: City councillors on Thursday will decide whether to bring forward an upgrade to the Worsleys, Cashmere and Hoon Hay Rds intersection. PHOTO: GEOFF SLOAN ​ signs, merged into one, with traffic signals installed. In April, the Southern View reported residents and the Spreydon-Heathcote Community Board had seen an increase in traffic congestion at the intersection, with the new Christchurch Adventure Park under construction. In June, city councillors asked staff to look into other ways of funding the upgrade so it could be brought forward, as the adventure park is due to open in December. A report prepared by the city council’s transport staff will go to city councillors on Thursday, recommending the funding for the upgrade be brought forward from 2021-2023 to 2017-2019. •Turn to page 3