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Selwyn Times: May 23, 2017

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4 Tuesday May 23 2017 Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi News SELWYN TIMES Key projects highlighted in district’s • By Georgia O’Connor-Harding NEARLY 200 residents have weighed in on the district council’s Annual Plan. A health hub in Rolleston, district-wide rates for stormwater and plans for an extension to the Selwyn Aquatic Centre are among the key projects in the draft 2017-2018 Annual Plan. Consultation for the plan closed recently. A hearing panel for verbal submissions was held last week with the panel made up of the district councillors. Submissions were made by organisations including Federated Farmers, the Leeston Community Committee, the Malvern Community Board and Environment Canterbury. Federated Farmers supported a district-wide rate for stormwater and encouraged consideration of targeted rates for footpath extensions and any ongoing maintenance. It wished to emphasise that any increased rates burden can affect ratepayers differently, so it is important to look beyond the “average” increase. Squash Canterbury has pointed out there is inadequate Jack Pearcy facilities to assist their sport in the district. “For our sport to remain relevant, we need facilities where people are living,” Squash Canterbury facilities representative Scott Gardiner said in his submission. It would like to look at securing facilities at Foster Park in Rolleston. The Kirwee Township Committee asked for Courtenay Rd to be widened from State Highway 73 to Wards Rd as a result of the South Island Field Days. The committee’s secretary Ngaire Kent said in her submission the huge amount of traffic from the event caused significant damage to the side of the road. The Springfield Township Committee requested a plot of land at 1 Tawera Lane to be made into a native forest reserve for the benefit of the township, its HIGH DEMAND: An extension to the Selwyn Aquatic Centre are one of the key projects in the district council’s draft 2017-2018 Annual Plan. PHOTO: GEOFF SLOAN visitors and for environmental biodiversity. About 10,000 plants would be needed for the project. The planting itself would be done over a five-year period, at 2000 trees per year. Funds would be sought from the project through the Lotteries Environment and Heritage fund. Doyleston Community Committee member Jack Pearcy said in his submission he was concerned about the condition of Leeston Rd between Irwell Hall and the Irwell village. Included in his submission, he said it was disappointing to note that the ratepayers of Leeston will not have their library opening on Sundays and their weekday hours are different from the other libraries in the district. Mr Pearcy said work should be done on making provision for a new cemetery in the Rolleston/ West Melton area. He was also supportive of the inclusion of a dump station in Leeston (requested by the Leeston Community Committee) so that the camper vans have somewhere to discharge their wastewater. The Castle Hill Village Township Committee discussed a range of issues in their submission including asking for the village’s speed limit to be lowered to 30km/h and the district council develops a long-term plan for waste. The submission said significant number of visitors are attracted to the Craigieburn Basin due to the three attractions Cave Stream, Kura Tāwhiti, and the Craigieburn Trails. Does the 31 October wood burner deadline affect you? The deadline to get a building consent to replace wood burners older than 15 years with a low emission wood burner is 31 October 2017. After that, your only option might be the ultra-low emission model. Do you have any burning questions about this? Which wood burner is cheaper? The low emission model Which one costs less to run? The ultra-low emission model What are my choices after 31 October? In many cases only the ultra-low emission model Which one is better for our health and for the environment? The ultra-low emission model Which one is better long term value? The ultra-low emission model Find out if you need to replace your wood burner and be in to WIN at www.warmercheaper.co.nz Older style wood burner Low emission Ultra-low emission ECN/031/SC_180x263

SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi Tuesday May 23 2017 5 Annual Plan It sought from the district council $3000 pa for the maintenance of the tracks and asked to explore a future plan around facilities, development and marketing in the area. It also covered that the village’s public toilets are heavily used and in need of a separate block and the committee is in need of developing appropriate activities and equipment for its playground. A large number of non-verbal submissions were made from residents, the Lincoln Community Centre, the Rolleston Medical Centre and the Lakeside Soldiers Memorial Hall Committee. Along with the 185 submissions made, the council received 241 comments on their online survey. The online survey revealed 51.6 per cent of people who took part in the survey were from the Selwyn central ward. Fourteen per cent of people who took part were from the Springs ward, 11 per cent from Malvern, nine per cent from Ellesmere, while 12 per cent were unsure what ward they lived in. Key questions asked in the HOURS: The library at Leeston will not be opening on Sundays. survey was around if people would support a standard stormwater rate of $85 per property in areas where the council manages the stormwater. Overall 45.6 per cent supported the proposal while 42 per cent did not. 51.3 per cent of the Selwyn Central ward did not support the rise while 66.7 per cent of people in Ellesmere did. Seventy per cent of participants were for a new health hub, about 57 per cent for the extension to the Selwyn Aquatic Centre and 60 per cent was for extra funding by sealing sections of 19 footpaths throughout the area. A new multi-purpose pool is also under consideration by the district council with an increase in the swimming pool rate likely to be needed to build the facilities. Sixty-two per cent of participants on the online survey supported the idea. •To read all submissions go to http://www.selwyn.govt. nz/council/plans/annualplan-20172018 •HAVE YOUR SAY: What do you think of the Selwyn District Council Annual Plan? Email your views to georgia. oconnor@starmedia.kiwi • By Georgia O’Connor-Harding A GROUP of emerging DJs have started up a new radio station in Lincoln. The Glitch 107.5 was launched yesterday aiming to be a platform for people in Selwyn to promote their talents. The team behind the radio station is Lincoln High School year 13 students Edgar Paterson, Max Tattersfield, Anton Phillipson, Natalie Lilley, Hannah Boniface, Daniella Judge, Ellen Thompson and Beverley Cheyne. The station is part of a new radio course introduced to the school this year. Daniella said the station has a great line up of talk shows that cover current events, pop culture, advice, musicals and the maintenance of motor vehicles. Anton will talk on the station STARTING UP: The team behind Lincoln High School’s new radio station. (Back row from left) – Edgar Paterson, Max Tattersfield, Anton Phillipson and Natalie Lilley. (Front row) – Hannah Boniface and Daniella Judge. Students on the airwaves about teenagers owning their first car and general maintenance such as changing a car tyre. “Our team wants The Glitch to be a get away from the replays of current music and to help listeners to discover music they wouldn’t have been able to find otherwise,” she said. She said the students want the station to be a platform for the people of Selwyn to use to promote their talents, especially if musical. While The Glitch airs in a 10km radius of Lincoln High School, students are hoping to have an online platform in the future for anyone to listen. •For information, audiences can “like” The Glitch 107.5 on Facebook for updates or email theglitch107.5@gmail. com. Specialists @ Individuality • Focus on sustainability • Award winning family owned business • Proven reputation of quality • Full architectural design package NATIONAL “HOY” WINNER plus GOLD RESERVE 2016 View our display home Phone Jesse 021 701 265 or visit www.jdhomes.co.nz Canterbury