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Selwyn Times: December 13, 2016

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4 Tuesday December 13 2016 SELWYN TIMES News Courtenay pool to remain closed • By Tom Doudney AT LEAST one of Selwyn’s six community pools will not be able to open this summer and the other five will have to ensure they can meet new requirements before getting the go ahead. The district council has decided the community pool at Courtenay will not be able to open unless issues around active supervision and ageing plant and equipment are resolved. It has agreed to work with communities in Halkett, Leeston, Prebbleton, Killinchy and Sheffield to enable those pools to open. However, local pool committees and users will need to agree on plans which include regular water quality testing, ensuring that unauthorised users can’t access pools, secure chemical storage, signage and having first aid resources on site. Plans will also require active supervision in place when swimmers use these pools. This could include trained lifeguards, community supervisors who have received appropriate training or parents, who have received information about their responsibilities, supervising their own children. The district council had undertaken an assessment of its swimming pools to ensure their operations comply with the Health and Safety in Work Act, which came into force in April 2016. There were no significant issues with its larger pools, the Selwyn Aquatic Centre in Rolleston and the Darfield and Southbridge pools complexes at Darfield and Southbridge pools. However, the assessment determined changes needed to be made at the smaller pools. Mayor Sam Broughton said the district council realised the pools were important to their communities and wanted people to be able to use them over summer. “However, as the owner of these facilities the council also has a duty of care to people using the pools. Nobody wants a child to be injured or drown at a local pool.” At Halkett, Killinchy and Leeston, district council staff will work with pool committees to ensure that the required level of supervision is available, which is NOT IMPRESSED: Courtney Reserve Committee chairwoman Carol Garland says the district council’s estimate for the cost of repairing the local pool is “ridiculous.” PHOTO: GEOFF SLOAN likely to be provided by community members and users. At Sheffield and Prebbleton, both busy facilities, the district council will supply trained lifeguards. Prebbleton was previously a diving pool with a maximum depth of 2.2m so the district council believes it has a higher level of risk. Sheffield will only be able to open from 1-7pm, daily. The district council estimated that repairs and maintenance needed at Courtenay pool would cost somewhere between $60,000 and $80,000. It had indicated that these costs, coupled with the small number of users, reopening the pool in the longer term would not be viable. Courtenay Reserve Committee chairwoman Carol Garland was disappointed that the pool would not be able to open this summer. She said the estimated repair costs were ridiculous and the committee believed it could complete all necessary maintenance for about $5000. “That is just so far off the mark, if they really think they are going to have to spend that amount of money somebody is seriously ripping off the council,” Mrs Garland said. Sheffield Pool Committee chairwoman Rochelle Barrett said the result was a good compromise for them. “It’s better than not opening,” she said. “It would have been great if it could carry on the way it was but unfortunately that can’t happen.” Opening dates for the other five community pools will be advised as soon as the new operational arrangements have been confirmed with local pool committees. Christmas gifts and decorations available now Florist | Fresh & Silk Flowers | Wall Art | Clocks | Gifts | Vases | Lamps | Home Furnishing | Jewellery Xmas gift wrapping Xmas floral centrepieces Xmas wreaths Vouchers One stop shop for flowers and gifts Hours: Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, Sat 10am-2pm Shop 15 Rolleston Square Rolleston | Phone 03 347 1068 |

SELWYN TIMES Tuesday December 13 2016 5 Motorway business concern • By Tom Doudney STAGE TWO of the Southern Motorway could become a magnet for businesses interested in setting up in rural land along its corridor. During a recent District Plan review briefing, district councillors were advised by staff that they could come under pressure to allow the establishment of commercial premises by the motorway. The $195 million project, which will connect Rolleston with the city, is currently under construction and expected to be completed in 2019. It will see about 20,000 vehicle movements per day on average. Mayor Sam Broughton said the amount of traffic going past and the desire of adjacent landowners to sell or develop their land could create incentives for businesses to set up there. Canterbury University transport expert Professor Simon Kingham said it was inevitable that businesses would seek to establish near the off and on ramps. He expected supermarkets, petrol stations and larger chain stores to be interested in locating there. “You will start getting kind of RISK: Stage 2 of the Southern Motorway could create pressure on the district council to allow businesses to set up alongside it. Mayor Sam Broughton, top right, and Canterbury University transport expert Professor Simon Kingham say decisions will have to be made on how to zone this land. mini malls developing there and it’s all to do with land zoning so the Selwyn District Council will have to make decisions on how they want to zone the land there,” Professor Kingham said. “It has implications for people who have moved out there because they want the country feel and it also has implications for farming because sometimes the land is good farming land.” Professor Kingham said Christchurch’s Blenheim Rd provided an example of how small zoning changes could have a dramatic impact on the landscape. “When I first came here 17 years ago there was no retail development on it and a very slight change in the planning regulations has resulted in masses of retail development down that road,” he said. “We need to fundamentally think ‘what do we want Greater Christchurch, including Selwyn, to look like in 10 or 20 years?’” The region was at risk of becoming more car dominated than it was. “That may not be very sustainable or resilient into the future,” Professor Kingham said. Mr Broughton said he didn’t think it would be desirable to see a lot of development take place along the motorway. “I like having the green space between our towns and don’t want to see just shop after shop between things,” he said. “But then also you need space for businesses to set up where it is accessible, so finding that balance is something we will be discussing.’’ In Brief ENVIROTOWN EXPANDING The envirotown movement which started in Selwyn may expand into the North Island. Envirotown groups work to promote environmental sustainability within their communities. Envirotowns founder and Lincoln resident Sue Jarvis said she recently accepted an invitation to visit Katikati, near Tauranga, as a guest speaker and helper to organise a community meeting about starting a group there. Out of the eight current envirotown groups, the only one outside Selwyn is Oxford. GALLERY REPAIRS Darfield’s Selwyn Gallery will be closed from January 29 to March 13 while earthquake repairs are completed. Orion, which owns the building on South Tce, had requested that the gallery be cleared before work begins. VOLUNTEERS RECOGNISED The Malvern Community Board has thanked local volunteers for their work throughout the year by shouting them morning tea at the Darfield Service Centre on Friday. District councillor Bob Mugford said about 10 volunteers were present and it was a good morning. design & construction CONCRETE • paviNg & BlOCks • fENCiNg & dECks • lawN & plaNTs Providing all of your landscaping needs from design through to construction in the Canterbury Region. Ph. 03 385 2377 relationship property, employment law and resolving contractual and estate disputes. Montessori & Early Childhood Preschool • We Offer a Friendly, Fun and supportive environment – only 5 minutes from Rolleston. • We believe that Tamariki thrive in a peaceful, structured and caring environment, full of fun and challenges. • We Offer focused, balanced curriculums that prepare Tamariki for the next step in their learning journey. • We value diversity within our Tamariki and their whānau and this is reflected in our whānau focused philosophy. • We have 3 well resourced classrooms, caring for Tamariki from 6 weeks to 6 years of age. We are proud of our large, natural playgrounds that offer challenges for all ages. Call in to visit us today, meet the teachers and have a look around our school ENROL NOW FOR 2017 For enrolments please contact Jasmine or Kylie on 347-6161 Visit us at 643 Burnham School Road Download forms from