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Selwyn Times: July 05, 2016

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4 Tuesday July 5 2016 Your Local Views SELWYN TIMES Readers respond to an article in last week’s Selwyn Times about a possible expansion of the Selwyn Aquatic Centre (right) or building a new facility in Lincoln D Cromwell, of Leeston – I could not believe it when I read a new pool extension was on the cards, or another new pool. For goodness sake Selwyn District Council. When the aquatic centre was opened so many people commented on how small it was for the amount of money that was spent. Yes, I do realise these undertakings require a lot of money but I still feel the district council should have covered most of it and then a user-pay system. I keep reading how popular it is so I don’t think they would have struggled to recoup the money. Also, why oh why, do we ratepayers have to pay for it and then if you use it you are charged yet again. I have lived in Leeston for the past 21 years and like many others we would like a bus service. I cannot use the pool as I do not have a car and so cannot get my children to the pool either. I know there have been surveys about a bus service but then it goes cold and seems to disappear with no follow through. Maybe a bus service could be looked into before yet another pool so we lucky few who do not live in Rolleston or Lincoln may use the other services in our district. Tom Van Meurs, of Rolleston – There are two issues I would like to bring to the attention of the district council, which is considering whether to build a new swimming pool either in Lincoln or to make an extension to the aquatic centre in Rolleston. As a regular user of the pool in Rolleston, I think that in light of the rapid growing population of our town an extension of the existing pool would be desirable. This I believe could be done by building an outside warm water pool, perhaps partly covered by using solar energy. This would relieve congestion of the main pool which is bound to happen in years to come. This could probably turn out to be a cheaper solution and a new pool for Lincoln could then still be on the cards as well. Secondly – Goulds Rd is going to be closed off at the roundabout near the dog park for safety reasons. That’s a sensible decision as it is difficult from that particular point to see any traffic coming from Lincoln. However, this means that traffic coming from Goulds Rd, Faringdon and Oak Tree Lane now has to go past Clearview Primary School on Broadlands Drive, and may potentially pose a hazardous situation since there are always many cars parked along both sides of that road in front of the school. I therefore suggest that the district council creates ample offroad parking space, preferably on the south side of Broadlands Drive, where there is still plenty of empty space and issues a parking prohibition for Broadlands Drive. Liz Hewitt responds to a recent article in the Selwyn Times about Lincoln township having more electronic speed signs Here is my opinion for what it is worth. I have worked in the city for 13 years and obeyed all the various speed zones. I cannot explain it but those flashing ones reading “slow down” when you are at that speed, or slower, really annoy me, so much I have an urge to speed up afterwards. However, the new intersection signs flashing the expected approach of one are excellent. Just flashing the speed number makes one slow whatever speed one is going, even if it’s the correct speed. My generation hate being told what to do all the time especially when we are already doing it. HANMER SPRINGS LOVELY 2 BEDROOM COTTAGE Thyme Cottage is an awesome place to take time out!! • Queen bed in 1st bedroom • 2 x single beds in 2nd bedroom • Fold out couch in lounge • Sky TV • Stereo and DVD • Flat screen tv 32” • Heat pump • New kitchen • Dishwasher • Coffee machine $ 120 .00 per night *mid week rates available (not during holiday periods) • Slow cooker • Extremely well equipped kitchen • Portacot, highchair & baby bath • Toys and games for children • Front fully fenced • Private BBQ area • Reserve beside the house • About 10 minutes walk from pools and restaurants • 5 minutes walk to the Golf Course We have our property managed with Hanmer Holiday Homes Book via internet www.hanmerholidayhomes.co.nz or index search: 11 Dorset Street, Hanmer or phone 03 315 7336 to make a booking.

SELWYN TIMES Tuesday July 5 2016 5 News Water meter compliance low • By Tom Doudney THE SELWYN Waihora zone has the highest number of irrigation takes without a water meter in Canterbury. That’s what Environment Canterbury zone facilitator Ian Whitehouse told the Selwyn Waihora Zone Committee at its meeting in June. An ECan spokeswoman was unable to provide the figures that statement was based on but said they would now be out of date and new figures would not be available until the end of the month. The zone’s compliance monitoring report for 2014- 2015 showed that there were 1825 consents for surface and groundwater abstraction in the zone. The report did not specify how many didn’t have a water meter installed but showed compliance could not be determined for about 25 per cent of consents. ECan has been under fire after Forest & Bird released information showing hundreds of instances where irrigators were caught without functioning water meters and accused ECan of failing to take credible enforcement action. Aylesbury farmer and recent past president of Federated Farmers North Canterbury Frank Brenmuhl (left) said the requirement for those with relatively small water takes to have a meter installed was relatively recent and expensive for farmers. “Our take is for 12.5-litres a second for a 32ha walnut orchard and it’s cost me the thick end of $10,000 to get my metering and all the bits and pieces done with that,” Mr Brenmuhl said. While the costs were “no excuse” for not having one, he believed most people genuinely wanted to comply with the rules. “It’s quite possible that you’ve got a bunch of people out there who are just unaware that you actually have to have a meter.” Forest & Bird conservation manager Chris Todd said that the time for denial and delay NOT BEING MEASURED: The Selwyn Waihora zone had the highest number of consented water takes without a meter according to recent records. ECan says updated figures will be available at the end of the month. had passed. “If you can’t comply with the terms of your consent, do you deserve to keep it?” The ECan spokeswoman said more than 90 per cent of water takes in Canterbury (4900 out of 5400) were now being measured and reported. “Our priorities for the coming season (from July) are to follow through on the compliance work to ensure all consents have an appropriate water measuring device,” she said. In Brief RESEARCH CENTRE Lincoln University has been named by Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce as one of three successful applicants to host a New Zealand-China research collaboration centre, receiving $1.25 million of funding over five years. The New Zealand- China Water Research Centre will be based at the Lincoln Hub, with partners AgResearch, Landcare Research, Plant & Food Research, Lincoln Agritech Ltd, and University of Otago. It will facilitate collaborations between scientists from both countries around water quality and quantity issues. PEDESTRIAN HAVEN The Malvern Community Board has asked for a report on the possibility of putting a pedestrian haven in the middle of Bray St in Darfield. Safety concerns about crossing the street have been raised by parents walking children to school. FUNDING GRANTED Darfield High School student Kieran McKay has been granted $400 from the Malvern Ward Discretionary Fund for a school cultural trip to Japan from September 22 to October 8. LAWyerS We have over 40 years’ experience to assist you with… • Buying and Selling Houses and Commercial Property • Wills, Trusts and Estate matters • All issues facing you and your business; • Employment Law matters; • Traffic matters; • Earthquake related issues; and • Advice regarding Retirement Villages Call John, Brendan or Andrew today on 03 366 8996 to find out how we can help you. Email. lawyers@mclegal.co.nz Airport Business Park 92 Russley Road Christchurch 8042 TASTY GORGEOUS FOOD Much loved gourmet food made our way NOW OPEN SATURDAY 7am - 1.30pm SPECIALIST BAKERY • Hand-made on premises daily • Wide selection of gorgeous, tasty slices • Fresh cut sandwiches, paninis, bagels & salads • Delicious pies, sausage rolls, quiches, muffins & scones • Gluten free options available 66-68 Springs Rd | www.gorgeousfood.co.nz Email: gorgeousfood@xtra.co.nz Ph 344 6044 | Open Mon-Fri 6am-3.30pm Warm up with us Seniors two-course LUNCH SPECIAL Special available lunch only Monday - Saturday 12pm - 2.30pm Conditions apply. Soup/Roast - OR - Roast/Dessert RACECOURSE HOTEL & MOTOR LODGE OPEN 7 DAYS from 6.30am for BREAKFAST - LUNCH - DINNER TWO COURSES $20 RESTAURANT & CAFÉ ‘Famous for their roasts!’ CHILDREN under 12 : two courses : from $10 118 Racecourse Rd, Sockburn, Christchurch. Ph 03 342 7150 www.racecoursehotel.co.nz (opposite Riccarton Raceway)