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Selwyn Times: September 20, 2016

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2 Tuesday September 20 2016 Inside SELWYN TIMES FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK News...... 3-7, 16-17 & 24 THE DISTRICT council appears to just about had the last say on the controversial decision to take away car parking along the main street of Lincoln. I’ve previously said my bit on that – I don’t think it’s a good decision. Cycling campaigner Don Babe gave me an upper cut in last week’s edition; and today Lincoln business owner Lynn Townsend takes a swing at Babe’s viewpoint in a column on page 20. He also signals in our news story on page 3 that legal action to overturn the district council’s decision could be in the wind. And on another note, tickets are running out for the Live in Lincoln comedy show on Saturday, October 8. It’s great to see shows like this now coming to the district, and great to see locals are supporting them. – Barry Clarke A look into the upcoming Hororata Highland Games NEWS 16 Elections...........................8-13 Local Achievers.......... 17 Our People..................18-19 Your Views............. 20-21 Sport......................................... 25 Community Events...26 Taste...........................................27 Gardening...............28-29 Driven.......................................39 GET IN TOUCH General Enquiries Ph 379-7100 Classified Advertising Ph 379-1100 NEWS Tom Doudney Ph: 371 0780 ADVERTISING Lynette Evans Ph: 364 7434 HANMER SPRINGS LOVELY 2 BEDROOM COTTAGE Thyme Cottage is an awesome place to take time out!! Experience a tiny hearing aid that outperforms normal hearing in challenging listening environments* A virtually invisible German engineered hearing aid that enables wearers to understand speech in difficult listening situations like busy restaurants, and reduces listening effort throughout your day.* Easy to operate with excellent sound quality and audibility. For further information or to book an appointment for a free hearing screening and hearing aid demonstration FREE PHONE: 0800 72 73 66 Completely disappears Hearing Clinics available: Christchurch, Rangiora, Ashburton and West Coast (Hokitika, Greymouth and Westport). Consultations by Appointment only. • 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 *Clinically proven in two independent studies to provide better than normal hearing in certain demanding listening environments. *Special conditions apply Merivale Hearing Clinic 24b Church Lane, Merivale. Call: 356 2324 Greg Foote, Audiologist We have our property managed with Hanmer Holiday Homes Book via internet or index search: 11 Dorset Street, Hanmer or phone 03 315 7336 to make a booking.

SELWYN TIMES Tuesday September 20 2016 3 News Legal action likely after council reaffirms loss of car parks • By Tom Doudney AT LEAST one Lincoln business owner is considering legal action after the district council reaffirmed its decision to remove 75 car parks on Gerald St. At its meeting last week the district council heard from four business owners concerned over the removal of the parks in favour of a cycleway as part of the Lincoln Town Centre plan. A further 20 business owners had signed a statement of support. The plan would see extra car parks added in side streets and on a public car park before the Gerald St car parks were removed. However, the business owners were concerned that the loss of car parks on the main street would see people drive on past instead of stopping at their stores. Lincoln Hammer Hardware owner Lynn Townsend said the district council’s decision was madness. “I believe it will not be difficult to put together a significant ‘war chest’ by way of monetary contributions to fight a legal battle over this issue if need be,” he said. FRUSTRATIONS AIRED: Lincoln business owners, from left, Phillipa Boa, Chrissy Partridge, Lynn Townsend and Steve Morgan spoke at last week’s district council meeting expressing their concerns over the removal of car parks on Gerald St. PHOTO: TOM DOUDNEY ​ The district council had shown “no consideration given to the commercial reality that businesses will suffer from lack of car parking and therefore lack of business. We don’t intend to back down,” Mr Townsend said. “I presume the way forward is, when Lincoln businesses close because of poor patronage, due to the shortage of car parking, we all get on our bicycles and pedal off to Hornby to do our shopping.” Lincoln Coffee Culture owner Chrissy Partridge said the district council’s decision was not great but “we just have to go with it really.” The district councillors heard a deputation from Spokes Canterbury chairman Don Babe in support of the plan and listened to a presentation from staff explaining the rationale behind the changes. Mr Babe said the plan would encourage more cyclists and pedestrians to visit shops on Gerald St, which would benefit the business owners. As well as endorsing the plan as it stood, district councillors asked staff to implement stronger enforcement of restricted parking time limits already in place to ensure drivers did not take up car parks for too long. Deputy mayor Sarah Walters referred to the Lincoln Community Committee’s submission in support of the plan during the consultation process. “I accept that the business owners have some concerns but I still think it’s a good plan,” she said. •Mr Townsend speaks out, p20 LINCOLN EVENT CENTRE SATURDAY 8TH OCTOBER 7 pm start | Doors & Bar open 6.00pm Jeremy Corbett | Justine Smith | Ben Hurley | Tom Furniss at The Famous Grouse Hotel or email H90 x W130mm In Brief NEW LINCOLN SCHOOL A year 1-8 school is the preferred option for the Lincoln community when a new school opens there in 2019. The Ministry of Education had been consulting with the community on a range of options to take pressure off Lincoln Primary School, which has had to split its pupils over two sites due to its growing roll. The options, which include a year 1-4 school and a year 7-10 school, among other possibilities, were consulted on through a series of workshops and an online survey. Of those who took part in the survey, 51.5 per cent ranked the year 1-8 school as their preferred option. MCEVEDY STANDS DOWN District councillor and mayoral candidate Pat McEvedy has said he will stand down from the Selwyn Waihora Zone Committee following local body elections in October. Cr McEvedy, who has represented the district council on the committee for six years, said he felt it would be good for the committee to refresh its membership. He said his decision would stand if he was elected as mayor or as a district councillor. See your Orthodontist in Rolleston Orthodontist Phil Murfitt is now based at the new Rolleston Dental Centre, Tennyson Street, opposite Rolleston School. Appointments/enquiries: (03) 375 4418 AMY ADAMS MP FOR SELWYN If you would like to sign up for my newsletter please visit CONTACT P: 03 344 0418 | F: 03 344 0420 E: Working hard for our communities Authorised by Amy Adams, 829 Main South Road, Templeton, Christchurch John Sunckell ECAN 2016 “Working together taking us forward” • A steady experienced hand • Strong Mid Canterbury voice • Thriving sustainable communities • Responsible resource use • Simple regulatory processes 0274 542 554 john4ecan Authorised by John Sunckell, 100 Caldwells Road, Leeston M cEVEDY FOR MAYOR listening taking action getting results Building a bright future for Selwyn Authorised by C.H. Clark 44 Taumutu Rd Southbridge