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Selwyn Times: December 13, 2016

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2 Tuesday December 13 2016 Inside SELWYN TIMES FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK News..................................... 3-11 THAT’S A jaw-dropping drink drinking level recorded by a driver in Rolleston on Friday (see our article on page 1). And even more staggering is that the driver was a mum who had just picked up her kids from school when she was stopped in a pre- Christmas drink driving blitz. She was one of two mums with children caught by police in what appears to have been a fairly reckless attitude to drink driving over the weekend. Getting the woman who was more than four times the drink driving limit off the road was a top job by the police. And speaking of vehicles, a bit of disagreement at last week’s Selwyn District Council meeting over the plan to provide Sam Broughton with a mayoral car (see page 3). 23 It’s what democracy is all about – viewpoints. – Barry Clarke Springston takes tennis win SPORT Our People....................... 8 Your Local Views...........12 Sport..................................22 Prize-giving................26-29 Gardening.......................33 Community Events.....35 Driven............................... 36 GET IN TOUCH General Enquiries Ph 379-7100 Classified Advertising Ph 379-1100 The Christchurch Star Company Ltd. PO box 1467 - Christchurch NEWS Tom Doudney Ph: 371 0780 ADVERTISING Lynette Evans Ph: 364 7434 KFC Rolleston NOW OPEN 7 Tennyson Street. Open everyday, 9am until Midnight.

SELWYN TIMES Tuesday December 13 2016 3 News Council will buy new car for mayor to use • By Tom Doudney A CAR will be bought for mayor Sam Broughton but not without opposition from some district councillors. District councillors Mark Alexander, Debra Hasson and Nicole Reid voted against the proposal to buy Mr Broughton a diesel 4WD vehicle costing up to $38,000. Deputy mayor Malcolm Lyall and district councillors John Morten, Jeff Bland, Bob Mugford, Murray Lemon and Craig Watson voted for it while Pat McEvedy and Grant Miller abstained. Cr Alexander said the mayor’s preferred diesel 4WD option was not cost-effective compared to the option of a small hatchback which had also been a possibility. He said the previous three mayors had used their own vehicles in spite of having to cover the same terrain. “With all due respect, Mr mayor, I do not support it – provide your own vehicle,” Cr Alexander said. Cr Hasson was also concerned that the vehicle’s carbon emissions would be high compared to Sam Mark Broughton Alexander other options. However, Cr Bland said he believed the position of mayor warranted the privilege of having a car provided. Cr Morten said previous mayors had not lived in an alpine environment like Mr Broughton and a 4WD would be useful considering the conditions he could sometimes be driving in. Mr Broughton said a smaller car would not suit the terrain he had to travel but if there was a suitable carbon efficient option he would be happy to look at that. “A tiny car won’t get me the places I need to be able to access to meet with ratepayers, which includes places on farms and gravel tracks,” he said. “It’s not all asphalted driveways Do you live in Rolleston or the Selwyn area? Do you wear or need hearing aids? Did you know that you can choose Brenna Sincock as your audiologist? 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