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The Star: April 06, 2017

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4 Thursday April 6 2017 Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi The Star News Neigbourhood disputes An English pensioner’s dispute with his neighbour over a concrete pillar ended in court after one clobbered the other with a bat. Peter Lane, 81, hit his neighbour Garry Prince, 57, with the bat across the back of the legs, and forearm in May outside their Dorset homes. Mr Prince responded by laughing. Mr Prince made a rude comment about Mr Lane’s wife Sally, prompting the attack. It came after a dispute over a 1.2m pillar between their driveways. Mr Prince said it was on his land, and wanted it removed. But a Civil Court judge disagreed. Mr Lane was given a conditional discharge and was ordered to pay £250 in court costs. A Tauranga pensioner who pitied sick and injured seagulls entered a war with his neighbours who said the birds were pooping on their washing. In 2013, George Shaw hand-fed up to 50 seagulls a day from the first-floor balcony of his home. But his neighbours went to the Tauranga City Council saying “acidic excrement” peppered their washing, cars, footpaths and roofs. A foul-mouthed pensioner and his neighbour got into a dispute over pot plants and a washing line. Derek Mitchell, 74, would rant and swear at his 68-yearold neighbour Catherine Wantling when she hung out her washing. He said the washing blocked the sunlight from getting to his three pot plants, that sat at the front of his Manchester property. The judge fined him £330. He was ordered to pay costs of £620 and an £85 victim surcharge. Fence divides community •From page 1 The fence borders a private access road used by residents including Mr and Mrs Hardy. The Hardys claim the fence extends from Mrs Clegg’s property onto land owned by all of the residents, restricting visibility and making it dangerous for road users, including ambulances. But the Hardys said the body corporate committee told them there wasn’t enough support amongst residents to call for the fence to be removed. That was in 2015, and now the Hardys have gone to National’s list MP for Christchurch East Jo Hayes for help. Mrs Hayes said yesterday: “I trust that this issue will resolve itself through a common sense approach from all parties.” Mrs Clegg told The Star she had tried to work with the Hardys to come up with a solution, including shifting and making changes to the fence last year. She said the Hardys had agreed to the alterations, but subsequently “reneged” and had began complaining again. Her life had been “made a misery” over the conflict and said the “Hardys could do what they liked.” The Hardys claim body corporate rules were broken over the fence, but Mrs Clegg says that is incorrect. Under the Unit Titles Act, owners must have written consent from the body corporate before changing any structures on common property. Committee chairman Paul Lyons told The Star instead of asking for the fence to be pulled down, it took advice of a traffic engineer to reduce the speed limit in the village from 20km/h to 15km/h. There are also plans to paint a white line on the road around the corner to ensure vehicles keep left. Mr Lyons said he thought it was unreasonable to ask for the fence to be removed. He would not say how much the legal advice and traffic engineer’s time had cost. “The body corporate has to UPSET: Kathleen and Glyn Hardy have been fighting for years to have a fence removed. balance the needs of all owners in the village with the need to reduce risk as much as we can,” he said. He said the position of Mrs Clegg’s villa at the corner of the complex’s two access roadways meant there was a need to balance privacy for the resident with the need for visibility at the corner. “We feel we have done this under the guidance of an appropriately qualified expert.” Mr Lyons said if the Hardys were still unhappy, they could present another resolution at a body corporate meeting. But the Hardys say the issue is one of visibility, not speed and they want the fence gone. They say there have been numerous near-misses and the reduction in speed has not made any difference.

The Star Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi Thursday April 6 2017 5 210mm Mitre Saw 1600W. Convention Centre designs released – cost under wraps • By Gabrielle Stuart DESIGNS for Christchurch’s new Convention Centre have been released, but the price tag is still being kept under wraps. The preliminary designs were released yesterday, and include a 1400-seat auditorium and 3600 sq m exhibition hall. But Ōtākaro Ltd will not say what the budget for the building is, until tenders for the construction have closed. The Government initially budgeted $284 million, but its development deal with Plenary Group, Ngai Tahu Property and Carter Group collapsed last year. More than $84.5 million had been spent on the plan NGAIO MARSH’S BIRTHDAY PARTY Sunday April 23 5-7pm Old Boys’ Theatre, Christ’s College A Fundraiser for The Ngaio Marsh House and Heritage Trust 5-6pm Wine and nibbles 6-7pm Crime Fiction A presentation by Ray Berard Winner of Ngaio Marsh Award for Best First Crime Novel 2016 A ‘not to be missed’ event for advocates of crime fiction and Dame Ngaio Marsh. TICKETS $25 Available at Paper Plus Merivale. Information phone Jane 021 024 05979 or email when the deal collapsed, including $61 million on the land and $19.3 million on consultants. Ōtākaro is now developing the Convention Centre alone. Under the current timeline, construction would start late this year and be completed in 2019. Ōtākaro Chief Executive Albert Brantley said it would draw people into the central city and become an icon. The estimated economic benefit to Canterbury would be $300 million to $400 million over the first eight years it operated, he said. But Labour Canterbury Issues spokeswoman Megan Woods said the designs were “artists impressions of what in reality is still a hole in the ground.” “Glossy images are impressive but the reality is we still don’t know who is going to run it, who will build it and how much it will cost to build,” she said. Queen bed Includes Duvet Set $799 or Rent to Own options available Rent to own 225 Linwood Ave 389 7742 Volunteer Drivers Needed For Red Cross Meals On Wheels & Community Transport • Weekdays only • Regular or Relief rostering • Current NZ drivers licence 06290585 Paint Brushes Assorted sizes. 01667176 $ 1 98 EACH Photoelectric $ 13 Smoke Alarm 9V battery. 08901512 300g Roof, Gutter & Concrete Sealant 00828721 $ 7 88 12mm Non-Structural Plywood 2400 x 1200mm. Untreated. 00327903 400W Eco Panel Heater Wall mountable. White. 00267127 54L Stack & Nest Bin 10Kg Chicken and Sheep Pellets 00329035 Our Policy is Lowest Prices, and we’re committed to it. Our price guarantee means that where, despite our procedures supporting our Policy, you find a competitor’s lower price on the same stocked item, 15% This excludes trade quotes, stock liquidations and commercial quantities. View our latest catalogue at $ 109 WHAT’S ON 4L 1 Step Primer Sealer & Undercoat Water based. White. 00382043 $ 89 $ 34 50 EACH $ 98 $ 9 86 Security Sensor Twin Floodlight 00188348 7mm Honey Oak Laminate Flooring 195 x 1215mm. 06690261 00295876 Sold per pack 2.37m², $35.31 $ 12 96 Stay Mesh Gutter Guard Kit 6m mesh with 15 Stay Mesh clips. 03040319 $ 7 29 125cc Lawn Mower 4 stroke. 400mm cutting width. 00222327 $ 279 EASTER FAMILY NIGHT THUR 6TH APRIL 5:30PM – 7:30PM Join us for a great night of Easter fun including D.I.Y. workshops, Easter activities and more.* 9V Alkaline Batteries 08905080 *Bookings recommended. Contact your local store for details. Maxi 24 Flowering Annuals 00227817 $ 18 40 $ 9 98 $ 14 90 PER SQ MTR $ 12 28 PER TRAY • Training given Meals on Wheels - Pat 339 3759 Community Transport - Vicki 027 839 7724 Not all services and products featured are available in all stores, but may be ordered. See in store for product availability. We reserve the right to restrict the purchase of commercial quantities. All prices quoted are inclusive of GST. Prices valid until Sunday 16th April 2017, or while stocks last. BUNZ17391