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Selwyn Times: October 25, 2016

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4 Tuesday October 25 2016 Your Local Views The new mayor’s plan Sam Broughton writes about his first two weeks as Selwyn’s mayor-elect and what residents can expect from the district council in the coming years Saturday of election day began with brunch with the family to discuss a project we were all working on. I think the family had decided it would be good to be together to help fill in the hours before we heard the result and then either celebrate or commiserate together. The call caught me by surprise at 1.30pm, the morning had rushed by. It was a positive result and while my family started screaming, the weight of the responsibility and a sense of relief were forefront in my mind, as well as feeling sad for those who were not elected. The following day, I was able to touch base with the other successful candidates and congratulate them. There was a good sense of anticipation between us and as we met one-on-one over the following week. Through these meetings, a picture started to emerge of how we would operate and which play buttons need to be pushed. We have now all met as a group with senior staff to look at how we can work together in our different roles for the benefit of the district. The first weeks of any new role are a steep learning curve balanced with the excitement of what lays ahead. As a council, we will continue to deliver the standard services our communities expects, but with a few new priorities in our sights. We want to make interactions with council easy. We want to lift our performance on gravel road maintenance. We want to see more public art. We want to see some new facilities built where they are needed and we want to make sure we have good conversations with communities so we all understand the direction and decisions being made. In the coming years, there will be ribbon cutting and smiling photos, but behind this ceremony, you have elected a council who care about our district, who love our people and who are committed to making the best long-term decisions we can. If you would like to meet up and discuss issues close to your heart, please give me a call.​ This week’s letters concern the granting of resource consent, against the wishes of some nearby residents, to Paul’s Excavation Services for a contractors’ yard on Leadleys Rd after the company had operated the yard for several years without consent Graham McMann, of Prebbleton – The Selwyn district is a green and pleasant land with areas of great beauty. We are at present going through a vast build of new housing which is needed to supply homes to our growing population. To keep the area green we cannot allow commercial outfits to set up as and when they want. Surely the council must act on this if our rural areas are not to be turned into a commercial haven. I feel let down by a council that is not prepared to fight the commercial sector to keep our green and pleasant land just that. David Ward, district council chief executive – The resource application for this activity has been assessed and granted by an independent commissioner. UNWELCOME PRESENCE: Residents of Leadleys Rd, near Prebbleton, are unhappy about the presence of this contracting yard, which Paul’s Excavation Services was recently granted resource consent for. PHOTO: GEOFF SLOAN The assessment included the weighing up of the activity’s effects and the imposition of conditions on the operation to limit the size, scale and the level of activity SELWYN TIMES on the site. Selwyn District Council will undertake monitoring of the activity to ensure that these conditions are complied with. david lloyd Born in England in 1949 Emigrated to New Zealand in 1972 “I have had no formal training in art but have learned at the coal face doing markets and craft shows. I have been self employed practising my art since coming to NZ. Part of the pleasure for me putting this show together has been the enjoyments of seeing each piece take on its own story. The tales we are told when we are young help to shape our lives making us who we are. Legends and stories that extend into the roots of civilisation add to our values and traditions. Early mankind left rock drawings depicting how they lived and what they saw in their everyday lives, they would have made music and communicated with each other as we do today with story and song. We have become a bit more sophisticated since the advent of electronic communication. The ancient Egyptians used hieroglyphics to record their beginnings and have left a wealth of information about them. Some cultures have no written language, so song is the way in which they remember their stories and pass on their past to the next generation. I present in this show, a cacophony of untold stories and songs yet still to be sung.” Tales Untold and Songs Unsung Blundstone 991 incl $194.35 GST TOP SELLERS Oliver 45632Z incl $206.77 GST David Lloyd 29 October – 23 November 2016 DIRECT access to best brands Download our latest catalogue 38 Brisbane Street, Sydenham | Ph 377 7994 www.amaresafety.co.nz Main Rd, Little River | 03 325 1944 | art@littlerivergallery.com Promotion valid until 31/03/2017

SELWYN TIMES Tuesday October 25 2016 5 News Plea for councillors to work for community •From page 1 Mr Broughton said he believed district councillors had generally been good at keeping a district-wide focus but that didn’t always mean that their view on a local issue would be the same as those elected from elsewhere in Selwyn. “This can be due to the local information and experience that a local councillor will have been exposed to over a period of time,” Mr Broughton said. He wasn’t convinced that the current ward system and First Past the Post voting model was the best for Selwyn, although it was the simplest to understand. Election at large using the Single Transferable Vote system would allow voters to have a say in electing all 11 district councillors rather than the current system where they could only vote for between two and four depending on which ward they lived in. Mr Pearcy said that when he was a district councillor he always carried a copy of the declaration with him when he went to parochial community committee meetings so he could remind people of his obligations when necessary. Park ‘mess’ frustrating • By Tom Doudney RESIDENTS OF Rolleston’s Levi Park subdivision have been frustrated by a lack of maintenance of parks and street corners. Developer Gillman Wheelans handed over responsibility for maintaining public areas to the district council in March but residents told the Selwyn Times that in many parts of the subdivision, nothing had been done in that time. The residents, who declined to be named, said they had called UNTIDY: Residents of Rolleston’s Levi Park subdivision are not impressed by a lack of maintenance of grassed areas. the district council several times to point out the lack of maintenance. “The council is looking after the park closest to the main road in Levi Park but all the other grassed areas around that subdivision are just a mess, the weeds are actually bigger than the shrubs,” one resident said. As well as making the area look untidy, they were concerned that long grass could hide hazards. At one park on the corner of Blue Jean Ave and Strauss Drive, which had a children’s playground, the grass was at least 50cm high and one of the residents had banned her children from playing there after finding broken glass amongst the grass. District council parks and reserves contracts manager Cameron Warr said contractors had now begun work on tidying the area up. “The work has started at Strauss Drive and working up through to Navy Loop,” Mr Warr said. “Once this has been completed the area will be on a regular maintenance contract.” In Brief ELECTION RETURNS Three out of Selwyn’s four wards recorded higher voter turnout in recent local government elections than at the previous election in 2013. Voter turnout improved from 36.84 per cent to 39.65 per cent in Selwyn Central, from 47.17 per cent to 49.97 per cent in Ellesmere and from 41.23 per cent to 42.10 per cent in Springs. Malvern’s turnout fell from 56.67 per cent to 55.53 per cent, but it still had the highest overall turnout. WOMEN’S INSTITUTES The Canterbury East Federation of Women’s Institutes has raised $1500 for the Canterbury Charity Hospital by providing catering at two recent dinners. A third fundraising dinner will be held on November 8. PLAYGROUND IDEAS Plans for a playground at Rolleston’s Foster Park, opposite Selwyn Aquatic Centre, are expected to be finalised in the next few months. More than 80 local children were surveyed to see what attractions were most important to them. Adults also contributed. The most popular choices included a mouse wheel, a flying fox, and a large slide. Are you passionate about the arts and your community? If you have a creative project but are unsure of how to fund it, Creative Communities Selwyn can help you achieve your goals. It is there to encourage and support creative projects in Selwyn that strengthen our community. The fund is open to everyone to apply and the criteria is simple. The next funding round closes at 5pm, Friday 25 November. 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