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Southern View: February 21, 2017

Southern View: February 21,

FREE TUESDAY FEBRUARY 21 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 Historic cemetery gets a tidy-up • By Caitlin Miles ONE OF the city’s oldest cemeteries is no longer an uncared for eyesore. Last week, the city council gave the Sydenham Cemetery an extensive clean up, just days after Southern View revealed how untidy it was. Said Somerfield Residents’ Association chairwoman Julie Tobbell (left): “I don’t think we could have asked for a better response . . . it’s a great result.” Mrs Tobbell called on the city council last week to do maintenance work. Shortly after, between 20 to 30 city council-contracted staff were there, removing weeds and cleaning the plots, she said. The cemetery was opened in 1896. It is usually the family of the deceased person’s responsibility to keep the gravesites and burial plots maintained and tidy, but Mrs Tobbell said she thought city council had “a change of heart.” Nearby resident Kersten Ching was frustrated with the untidy state of the burial plots and look of the cemetery. She wanted the city council to take responsibility for cleaning up the graves. “It has a lot of history there and it deserves to be respected,” Ms Ching said. She had been away when the work was started, but was looking forward to coming back and seeing what had been done at the cemetery. The clean up response was exactly what she had hoped for. The residents’ association hosted four events last year to get the community involved in the clean up and weeding of graves, but said it was a big cemetery and cleaning it was “a lot to ask” of volunteers. “It’s really good to see the council cleaning up the area, it’s really great stuff,” Mrs Tobbell said. The maintenance work will be carried out every three months. Mrs Tobbell said the community can still be involved in clean up events and maintaining sites to keep the cemetery tidy between city council work. Don’t Wait, Get reaDy for Winter noW Fujitsu ASTG24L 8 KW Heat Pump for Just Fully Installed* $2,999 Six Year Warranty Great offer LimiteD time Email: 6/105 Coleridge St, Sydenham, Christchurch * Conditions apply. Normal lending criteria, booking fee and annual account fee applies. Limited stock. AT WORK: Contractors spent last week removing weeds and cleaning up graves at the Sydenham Cemetery. The previous state of the cemetery (inset) frustrated nearby residents, prompting them to put pressure on the city council to tidy it up. ​ Hot Hot Deal on 8KW Heat PumP Fujitsu ASTG24L 8 KW $2,999 Heat Pump for Just Fully Installed* Six Year Warranty 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. Installed back to back, up to 3 metre pIpe run and electrIcal supply wIthIn 6 metres. Email: 10 5 only BE QUICK ouse of earing CLINIC PHONE Fendalton 03 351 3535 Halswell 03 322 4326 Rangiora 03 310 7355 Ashburton 03 307 8949