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Selwyn Times: July 05, 2016

Selwyn Times: July 05,

FREE TUESday JUly 5 2016 379 7100 Selwyn Times Proudly locally owned and published by Star Media Award winning publishing group Kea (Nestor Notabilis) Tamarillos $ 5 .99 per kg OPEN 7 DAYS Phone 349 5952 Cnr Springs Rd & Marshs Rd, Prebbleton (next to Milanese Restaurant) While stocks last Ladbrooks, Tai Tapu, Leeston, Lincoln, Southbridge, Prebbleton, Halswell, Rolleston, Templeton, Burnham, West Melton, Darfield, Arthurs Pass Contaminated land list out soon • By Tom Doudney THE OWNERS of more than 3000 Selwyn properties will soon find out that their land has been listed as potentially contaminated. A two-year programme, carried out by Environment Canterbury on behalf of the district council, has resulted in the identification of 1837 new potentially contaminated sites, split between 3152 parcels of land. The news has raised concerns that land owners’ property values could be negatively affected by the information, which will be made publicly available on an online database. However, ECan scientist Davina McNickel said people had a right to know what their land had been used for in the past. “Being on the list means people will know whether they should graze the land, or perhaps fence it off from stock,” she said. “It also means people will understand the implications of any proposed development or subdivision of the land and whether they need to test the land first.” The sites, which belong to 1783 different owners, will be added to the Hazardous Activities and Industries List indicating that based on their past use they may have been contaminated by chemicals or hazardous substances, including lead, arsenic and pesticides. This includes 2252 rural properties, 794 residential or ‘Living’ zone properties, 106 business properties and one rural residential property. Affected land owners are expected to be contacted about the middle of this month. Lincoln Community Committee chairwoman Ivy Harper (above) said it was concerning that properties would be listed without testing having been done to confirm whether the land was actually contaminated or not. “Potentially homeowners are left thinking that their greatest asset is now looking like their worst nightmare as a result of being on this list.” Fordbaker Valuation directory Terry Naylor said a property’s value could be affected if its status showed that remediation was required but had not been carried out. The most common sites identified were those where persistent pesticide bulk storage or use had occurred, including where there had been sports turfs, orchards, market gardens and glasshouses. There were 1642 properties in this category. Livestock dip or spray race operation accounted for 674 properties, while landfill sites accounted for 365 properties. HAVE YOUR SAY: Should new information about potentially contaminated land be made publicly available or not? Send your views to tom.doudney@ starmedia.kiwi Long reign continues Lincoln have locked away the Murray Cooper Shield for the 11th year in a row with a 43-12 trouncing of Prebbleton on Saturday. It is the longest reign in the shield’s history. Captain Mike Bendall said in spite of other clubs thinking that they could lift the shield this season, Lincoln always shifted up a gear when the shield was on the line. PHOTO: KAREN CASEY •More photos, pages 20 & 21. “More gain. Less pain.” Yuri and Jess bought a SNAP fitness franchise in Rolleston. They work and play in a great community with small business owners who look after each other. And work is just 2 minutes from their beautiful new home at Faringdon. SECTIONS SELLING NOW! 400m 2 sections priced from $159,000 Visit Rolleston’s fastest selling development Dynes Road, Rolleston. Wed to Sun 12pm to 4pm Call Bruce Harvey on 0800 667 849 or visit www.faringdon.co.nz STAGE 15 NOW AVAILABLE! Offering ‘reserve front’ sections 656m 2 sections priced from $179,000 View Jess and Yuri’s story at faringdon.co.nz FRD28763-ST-9x8