4 Dress for the wedding Tuesday November 22 2016 SMITH & BOSTON Prebbleton Village | Christchurch Ph: 03 349 5646 www.smithandboston.co.nz Your Local Views Darfield area resident Take care on the roads Senior Sergeant Pete Stills writes on policing matters in Selwyn IT HAS been a really interesting year for policing in Selwyn. When I started in the Christchurch west area as the police community services manager three years ago, my mandate was to lead a change to the prevention first policing model. The purpose being to create a safer community and a place where residents and others felt safer. At the front of the model is a people focus particularly on victims or potential victims. Within the focus there are five areas that drive the focus – families, alcohol, youth, organised crime and policing the roads. It was obvious that the greatest single policing risk in the area was vehicle crashes involving death and/or serious injury. Statistically the greatest number of serious crashes were happening at intersections. It was evident that failing to stop at intersections was a massive problem and it was apparent that motorists were failing to be aware of approaching stop controlled intersections. This year we have trialled the use of LED light advanced warning signs at some intersections. It is too early to gather statistical data to make comparisons with historical data but my observation is that safety improvements have reduced crashes at those locations. Policing is really about health and safety. An issue this year has been the high percentage of burglaries and thefts occurring where security is poor in that people have failed to utilise locks. It can be really frustrating for us as there is a very simple solution. I won’t say too much as an earlier article I wrote regarding this issue caused one young man to decide to try his luck as it sounded all too easy. Fifty-plus burglaries later he was apprehended. As we enter the festive season it is timely for me to remind drivers that police will be actively operating drink drive enforcement in Selwyn to ensure that everyone is safe. We encourage motorists to plan for sober drivers and to utilise courtesy vehicles when using licensed premises. Christmas Decorations in store now Grant Prescott writes in response to a Selwyn Times article about a Lincoln resident’s frustration over a section of road, West Belt, remaining unsealed We live on a shingle road just outside Darfield that is a complete disgrace, more like a thirdworld road and all the council do is come along, shove stones back in the potholes and within a day they are all flicked out and hey presto, the potholes have returned. When we ask about sealing, the council claims to do a survey to count vehicles but every time they do it at peak summer time when schools are closed, businesses are closed, people are on holidays and there is no local movement. I note Selwyn took an extra $50 off everyone for roads to assist with sealing. Where did that go? District council chief executive David Ward responds: The district council does not currently fund seal extensions on existing rural roads. This policy was adopted a number of SELWYN TIMES years ago after rising costs made it unaffordable to continue the sealing of low-volume rural roads. It also recognises the increasing cost of maintaining the sealed roading network and other funding priorities needed to cater for significant traffic growth across the district, including an increase in heavy vehicles. Many rural roads have low traffic volumes which don’t justify sealing at a cost of around $150,000 to $200,000 per kilometre. Current budgets allow for regular grading and maintenance work, which provide an appropriate level of service based on usage. The $60 targeted roading rate was introduced in 2014/15 to fund additional road resealing and reconstruction, to prevent further deterioration. Reconstruction work is needed on some busy main routes where the road pavement needs to be rebuilt to address long standing maintenance problems and reduce ongoing costs. Since its introduction this has contributed to road rehabilitation work, over and above what would otherwise have been programmed. Flick the switch and light the deer up. Previously United Travel 19 Gerald St, Lincoln. Ph: 325 7570 Exotic Destinations 2017 The award winning teams at YOU Travel Ferrymead and Tower Junction would love to help you plan your next exotic journey. Morocco in style 8 days Casablanca roundtrip Discover Morocco in style with your private driver & guide, staying in deluxe hotels. 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SELWYN TIMES Tuesday November 22 2016 5 News University could cut 51 jobs •From • By Tom Doudney LINCOLN UNIVERSITY staff are angry at the proposed axing of 51 jobs and want more input into the university’s future direction, Tertiary Education Union president Dr Sandra Grey says. The staffing cuts are part of the university’s latest change proposal, aimed at resolving its flagging financial situation with a $5 million deficit and falling enrolments. Several courses, including four science majors, were cut in October and more than 100 had already been cut in 2013 and 2014. About two thirds of the new cuts would be in Canterbury and the remainder would be at its Telford campus in Balclutha. Dr Grey said staff were “rightly” very angry. “They feel there has been a lot of change and a lot of consultants brought in and a lot of not listening to people on the ground who know the courses, the students and the industries they are teaching for. They are finding that very difficult that they are not more involved in the discussions and deciding what is going to happen,” she said. “It’s always tough when there is major change proposed but in particular, the Lincoln staff had their last major restructure only two years ago, they feel they have been through the ringer once and they’re about to be put through quite a harsh process again.” A university spokeswoman said it was acknowledged that this was a stressful time for staff, and internal and external support was being provided to them. “The change proposals that have been released are exactly that, proposals. This is an opportunity for staff to contribute to the outcome,” the spokeswoman said. “The university recently announced the ‘resuscitation’ of academic governance. All proposals concerning courses and programmes brought to the academic board are first developed at faculty teaching committees BAD NEWS: Lincoln University is proposing to cut 51 jobs. Inset – Sandra Grey where staff can provide direct input.” Ms Grey said the union would be putting forward a submission opposing the cuts. The university’s vice-chancellor Robin Pollard has admitted the staff cuts will not be enough on their own. Staff have also been asked to take leave to reduce financial liabilities and the university is looking at selling some of its assets and partnering with other institutions. Farmer in river land battle page 1 He said getting rid of the gorse on the riverbanks removed a source of nitrogen going into the river and he also had a plan to plant 8000 pittosporum trees around his property, including along the riverbank. However, Dunsandel resident, Alan Goodwin, said the case was the “tip of the iceberg” with many landowners expanding into river bed land which he said was ruining the environment and its recreational value. Mr Dewhirst said he would “eventually” be interested in buying the land but for now it was more a case of “being steward of the land.” Mr Goodwin, has complained to ECan about the work on Mr Dewhirst’s land. “I am sick and tired of rivers being abused for the few at the cost of the many.” Mr Purdon said while there had been pressure on all Canterbury’s riparian margins as farming land values increased and practises intensified, land owners generally sought permission before farming these areas. “Where we know about those that breach Environment Canterbury rules, like putting in illegal structures or grazing cattle in river beds, we have taken action,” he said. 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