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Southern View: January 31, 2017

Southern View: January 31,

FREE TUESDAY JANUARY 31 2017 379 7100 Southern View Proudly locally owned and published by Star Media Award winning publishing group Bellbird (Korimako) March 19 2017 14km 6km ENTER NOW $25 Online • PakNSave • New World • The Athletes Foot • YMCA Children 10 years old and under free Spreydon, Hoon Hay, Hillmorton, Cracroft, Cashmere, St Martins, Somerfield, Sydenham, Addington, Waltham, Opawa, Beckenham, Huntsbury, Woolston Pensioner’s plea to ECan: Sort out our bus service • By Caitlin Miles SOMERFIELD resident Peter Collins has never driven – which means he relies on his wife or the bus to get him around. But the closest bus stop for the 75-year-old is about 700m away. So now Mr Collins has joined a neighbourhood battle to try and convince Environment Canterbury to boost the area’s bus service. As part of widespread changes, ECan discontinued the 114 route several years ago because of low patronage. It ran from the Barrington shopping centre through Somerfield to Cashmere. Mr Collins said that was a “cruel blow.” ECan compensated by creating the Blue line and 145 route, neither of which runs along Selwyn or Somerfield Sts. Residents are upset as some sections of Somerfield are 1.3km away from the nearest stop. When the bus routes were changed, ECan said services and stops would be within 500m of most households. Mr Collins said is a struggle to walk that far in the winter. “I won’t repeat to you the words I mutter when I walk to the bus in that weather,” he said. Somerfield Residents’ Association chairwoman Julie Tobbell set up a petition last year to get a bus service back along Selwyn and Somerfield Sts. Mr Collins decided to go door-to-door around his neighbourhood with copies of the petition. “My aim was for 250 signatures, I got 300,” Mr Collins said. Mr Collins has never held a DON’T MISS OUT! LIMITeD OffeR! HOT PRICE Hot Hot Deal on 8KW on FLOOR 8KW CONSOLE Heat PumP $3,399 Heat Pump for Just installed Six Year Warranty “Model FUJitsU aBtG24lVt (Conditions apply) Six Year $2,999 Warranty Fujitsu ASTG24L 8 KW Fully Installed* Call for a FREE no obligation assessment and quotation PH 377 0034 OR 0800 800 734 PH 377 0034 OR 0800 800 734 Installed back to back, up to 3 metre pIpe run and electrIcal supply wIthIn 6 metres. Email: 6/105 Coleridge St, Sydenham, Christchurch Email: * Installation is back to back with up 5 meter pipe run electrical 6/105 Coleridge St, Sydenham, run up to three Christchurch meters, in home assessment recommended * Conditions apply. Normal lending criteria, booking fee and annual account fee applies. Limited stock. 10 5 only BE QUICK licence because his wife, Pamela, has always driven. However, Mrs Collins doesn’t like driving long distances, so the couple rely on being able to use the bus. The petition offers two suggestions to remedy the problem. One option included re-routing route 60 to include Somerfield and Selwyn Sts. The other option included creating a new route which goes around The Princess Margaret, Burwood and Christchurch Hospitals and includes Somerfield and Selwyn Sts. Mr Collins said there are some more areas he’d like to doorknock and Mrs Tobbell said she wants to do more as well before presenting the petition to ECan. UPSET: Peter Collins and Somerfield Residents’ Association chairwoman Julie Tobbell are petitioning to get a bus service back in the area, namely along Somerfield and Selwyn Sts. PHOTO: CAITLIN MILES ​ •HAVE YOUR SAY: Do you think ECan needs to provide a bus service through Somerfield so residents have easier access to public transport? Send your views to caitlin.miles@starmedia. kiwi CLINIC PHONE Fendalton 03 351 3535 Halswell 03 322 4326 Rangiora 03 310 7355 Ashburton 03 307 8949 House of Hearing