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The Star: April 13, 2017

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18 Thursday April 13 2017 Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi The Star News Little River speed limit too high • By Caitlin Miles A LONG-TIME campaigner for lower speed limits in Little River is disappointed that traffic will still be able to go 60km/h through the hamlet. Little River Campground owner and Love Little River member Marcus Puentener said reducing the speed from 70km/h to 60km/h wasn’t what the community needed. A 50km/h limit had been sought. The Banks Peninsula Community Board has recommended the city council approve the speed reductions proposed by the New Zealand Transport Agency. Currently it is planning to reduce speed from 70km/h to 60km/h on Council Hill, Morrisons, Barclays and Wairewa Pa Rds, where they intersect with State Highway 75, as well as through the township. Mr Puentener set up a petition calling for the speed limit to be lowered from 70km/h to 50km/h. More than 1000 people signed it, and it was presented to NZTA in November 2015. However, in a review by NZTA on the current speed limit and an assessment of the safe and appropriate speed through the township, it could only support reducing the speed limit by 10km/h. Police complaint finalised • By Caitlin Miles A COMPLAINT against Lyttelton police does not look like it will be upheld. Lyttelton resident and former detective Peter Newsome laid a complaint with the Minister of Police Paula Bennett about the level of service from police in the area. He said he made the complaint after police “fobbed off” two requests for help. The complaint was handed over to the Independent Police Conduct Authority and while the official decision has not yet been released, Canterbury area prevention manager, Acting Inspector Paul Reeves, said it looked “likely that it will be closed as conciliated” after meeting with Mr Newsome and the community. Judge Sir David Carruthers had been looking at the complaint from Mr Newsome and said he regarded the work carried out by the police to be “outstanding police work.” “​There were personal meetings with Mr Newsome and then a community meeting which involved a dozen residents. This was obviously a huge success,” Sir David said. However, Mr Newsome disagreed with those findings. “It wasn’t a huge success . . . it hasn’t reassured me,” he said. While he said it was good to see the police “front up” to the community, he didn’t think it was well-attended, or that it reassured the residents. Mr Newsome wants to see the Lyttelton station staffed 24/7, but Canterbury metro COMPLAINT: Former detective Peter Newsome may not have his complaint against Lyttelton police upheld. PHOTO: MARTIN HUNTER ​ commander Superintendent Lane Todd said the police don’t have the resources to do that. “They explained themselves, but they need more police in low crime areas like Lyttelton,” Mr Newsome said. Acting Inspector Reeves said they realised from the meeting that they needed to be better at communicating with residents and keeping in touch with people. If Mr Newsome‘s complaint is not upheld, he said he wasn’t sure what he will do next but he wasn’t finished with the issue. “I need to have a think about what I’ll do next, but I’m not done yet,” he said.

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