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Selwyn Times: August 16, 2016

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4 Tuesday August 16 2016 Your Local Views SELWYN TIMES Footpath concern Speed past school buses Rolleston Residents Association chairwoman Nicole Reid ARE THERE footpaths in Rolleston that you are concerned about? Is there a section or sections of footpath(s) that you think should be there but it’s not? Do you have ideas about where additional shared pathways and/ or cycleways should go within Rolleston Township? We want to hear from you! The Rolleston Residents Association has been actively advocating for safe walking and cycling routes for Rolleston. We have consulted with various groups and the community for submissions to this year’s Annual Plan for an increase in the footpath budget. For this financial year we are pleased that the district council has provided an additional $400,000, above the proposed $100,000, to clear a backlog of footpath projects. The list of projects was previously 17 years long at the original budget of $50,000 per year. We were also concerned about the lack of connectivity of footpaths, shared pathways, and cycleways. We have made requests to the district council that their walking and cycling strategy and plan, first developed in 2009, be updated. That plan was mainly looking at cycling routes between townships, as opposed to within townships. It was also done well before some of the schools were even thought of. The district council is now undertaking consultation with us for a walking and cycling network plan to be developed for Rolleston. This is a great opportunity for the community to identify what you want added to the plan. Therefore, we would like to hear from you. The district council representatives are coming to our September 26 meeting, 7.30pm at the Rolleston Community Centre and anyone is welcome to attend. Alternatively you could email us with your ideas to Rolleston.Rai@selwyn.govt.nz Kirwee resident Marian Galloway writes on the speed limit for passing a school bus I am not often on the road when school buses are picking up or dropping off school students, but last week I found myself behind a school bus when I was driving between Kirwee and Darfield. I was well aware that the bus might be stopping at some stage, so I was prepared to slow right down to 20km/h as we are supposed to do (I generally find that even if I slam on the anchors I cannot get down to the right speed in time). Sure enough, as I spotted a boy running down his driveway ahead, the bus’ rear warning lights began to flicker, so I immediately pressed the brake pedal. I was able to slow gently and reach the required speed by the time the bus came to a halt. The driver of the dark blue station wagon behind me had plenty of time to realise that I was slowing down because of the school bus. However, he pulled out to overtake when I was at around 30km/h, accelerating rapidly so that he was way faster than he should have been as he passed the bus. SPEED IN FOCUS: A car driving past a school bus on Shands Rd. I sympathise with him, but I think this just illustrates the unworkability of the 20km/h law: even if you are not losing rubber in order to slow down in time, you are likely to be passed by another motorist, and in busy traffic that can lead to confusion and impatience. I can see that children at bus stops in the country need to be protected, but I suspect that stopped buses very rarely get passed by cars going as slowly as 20km/h. I think a higher limit that everyone keeps to, along with good supervision of young children around bus stops, would be a more effective safety measure. HAVE YOUR SAY: Do you have a view you would like to share on a local issue? Email tom.doudney@ starmedia.kiwi LIQUID LAUNDROMATS 47 Carmen road, Hornby gasoline alley site CnR CaRMen RoaD & WateRloo RoaD 7 DAYS: 7am-7pm WASH & DRY ALL YOUR LAUNDRY IN ABOUT 1 HOUR $4.00 WaSH $4.00 dry Wash 2 Mink Blankets, Duvets or Woolrests for only $10 DRY UP TO 4 LOADS IN ONLY 20 MINUTES! $4 SAvE TIME & ELEcTRIcITY • Fast Dryers • Sports Gear • Duvets • Mink Blankets • Bedding • Washers • Domestic Laundry Other Locations: 345 Stanmore Road, Richmond 289 Colombo Street, Sydenham www.liquidlaundromats.co.nz New Builds Project Management Construction Services We are your local builders. Call today FoR a FREE QUotE www.bownessbuilt.co.nz Phil: 021-0769-669

SELWYN TIMES Tuesday August 16 2016 5 News People rate Selwyn highly SELWYN RESIDENTS are very happy with their rubbish collection services but not so positive about the state of their rural roads. However, Selwyn is a great place to live according to 94 per cent of residents who took part in a recent survey. The annual district council satisfaction survey was carried out by independent research company Versus. In this year’s survey, 65 per cent of residents rated the district council’s overall performance as good or very good, up from 60 per cent in 2015. Overall, 21 of the 26 district council services surveyed received ratings of 50 per cent or higher, with seven rated above 75 per cent. The highest rated service was rubbish collection, with 94 per cent of residents rating it as good or very good. The five services which received ratings lower than 50 per cent were the land drainage network, district road and footpath safety, rural roads, maintaining the rural character of the district and ensuring the THE VERDICT: Rubbish collection services were rated highly by Selwyn residents – the state of rural roads, not so much. ​ development of new growth areas occurs in the best possible way. Of these, rural roads received the worst rating of 39 per cent. More than half of the services maintained their satisfaction rating or recorded an increase from last year. The single biggest rise in satisfaction was for urban roads, which increased from 49 per cent last year to 58 per cent. Community facilities like libraries, community centres and parks are well used by Selwyn residents, with 82 per cent of residents visiting a park within the past year, 64 per cent visiting a library and 63 per cent using a public hall or recreation centre. District council acting chief executive Stephen Hill said the survey had provided some positive results and has also highlighted some areas where improvement was needed. “It is particularly pleasing to see that Selwyn residents rate their quality of life so highly,” Mr Hill said. “The council started investing around $1 million extra a year on road maintenance in 2014 which is one of our largest expenditure areas.” Mr Hill said the district council had also recently decided to provide extra funding for footpath extension work, which was identified as a lower performing area in the survey. The full survey can be read online at www.selwyn.govt.nz In Brief COMMUNITY CENTRE Construction of the new multipurpose Dunsandel Community Centre has officially started with a ground-breaking ceremony at the site. Selwyn MP Amy Adams was on hand to turn the first sod on the project, which will replace the former Dunsandel Hall. The hall was severely damaged in the September 2010 earthquake, and demolished in 2012, although planning for a new facility had commenced prior to the earthquake. Building will start later this month and the work is due to be finished in May. The work is taking place either side of the local rugby season. CELLPHONES AND DRIVING A new campaign to remind motorists of the dangers of driving while using a phone has been launched by the district council. Advertisements and billboards will promote the drive phone-free message to Selwyn residents. Police are supporting the campaign and will be looking out for any motorists who breach the law. A short survey on phone use has been developed for Selwyn residents and responses received before September 12 will go into the draw for a $150 Westfield voucher. To complete the survey visit www.selwyn.govt.nz/ drivephonefree or collect a survey from district council service centres or libraries. FIREWOOd 4 SALE RICCARTON Gentle family dentistry √ Free delivery √ Eftpos available √ 3m 3 - 14m 3 √ Split and Seasoned Call Rini today 027 451 7300 QcaRd finance available here* *Qcard lending criteria,fees, terms and conditions apply. 62 Riccarton Road | (03) 348 8191 www.riccartondentalcentre.co.nz A new home, complete on your section for only $307,950! incl GST Andorra 176m 2 Brick exterior cladding Builders of superior homes. Just one example from our range of plans. Plans are viewable in high resolution digital at artisanhomes.co.nz Let Rob and his team work with you to produce your own unique plan. Built to last. Silver medal winner in Registered Master Builders 2016 House of the Year Awards Office & Show Home: 5 Broomleigh Drive, Faringdon, Rolleston Phone: 03 374 9172 or Rob: 021 324 876 E-mail - robin@artisanhomes.co.nz