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The Star: May 25, 2017

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2 Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi Thursday May 25 2017 Inside FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK The Star News..................................3-16 A BATTLING day in the trade yesterday, arm wrestling with three of the city’s most powerful figures over that very contentious issue – hospital car parking and Hagley Park. Two weeks ago The Star suggested using Hospital Corner as a temporary car park to relieve a chronic situation. Not surprisingly most people (the public) we have spoken to think it’s a great idea – as long as it’s temporary. But as we report on page 1 today, Nicky Wagner, Lianne Dalziel and Mary Gordon, the three people who could make something happen aren’t even talking to each other about it. Dalziel, and Gordon, won’t even give a personal opinion. Last week Wagner told us Hospital Corner was “logical” but yesterday she conceded she hasn’t and won’t talk to Dalziel or Gordon. Out of touch? I’ll leave that to you. – Barry Clarke The Christchurch Star Company Ltd. 359 Lincoln Rd | Addington | Christchurch 8024 CONTACT THE STAR ADVERTISERS YOUR BEST CHOICE TO GROW CUSTOMERS No.1 for Readership No.1 for Circulation No.1 for Results Contact us today to grow more customers for your business! Contact Shane at: or call 3797-100 Source: CMI Nielsen readership Thursday Christchurch Urban area 10+ From watching movies to acting 10 At a Glance Freed man talks about cocaine bust NEWS GENERAL: 379 7100 | NEWS: Barry Clarke. 364 7422. | WEB: ADVERTISING: 364 7429, | CIRCULATION/DELIVERY JOBS: 364-7451 or 7453 THIS WEEK IN CANTERBURY’S PAST This week in history saw snow falling in the central city for the first time in 10 years between May 22 and 25. On May 23, 1861, fire destroys a brewery and shops in Cashel St. On the same day in 1960 a tsunami causes water level range of nearly 6m in two hours at Lyttelton. On May 25, 1903, the statue of Queen Victoria (right)was unveiled in Market Square, the area is renamed Victoria Square. On the same day in 1969, the first pair of one-way streets (Lichfield and St Asaph Sts) went into operation. With traffic signals eventually controlled by a computer, this was the beginning of New Zealand’s first area traffic control scheme. On May 26, 1906, the Statue of William Rolleston (outside the Canterbury Museum) was unveiled. On May 28, 1840, Major Bunbury on HMS Herald visited Akaroa collecting signatures of Maori chiefs for the Treaty of Waitangi. On the same day in 1955, the first parking meters were installed in the city. THEATRE 35 Viewpoint......................14 Our People.........................18 Readers’ photos........20 Food.........................................21 Gardening.....................37 Sport................................39-41 Puzzles............................44 Entertainment......... 52-55 Country schools no easy beats SPORT 40 LOCAL NEWS BROADBAND USAGE INCREASE Christchurch households are consuming 44 per cent more broadband data than last year – an increase driven by surging demand for streaming services such as Netflix. Statistics from Chorus show the average home used 125gb of broadband data on Chorus’ copper and fibre networks in April 2017 compared to 87gb in April last year. On an average day, data usage on the Chorus network is at its lowest at 5am and begins to rise between 6am and 8.30am. It jumps sharply from 3.30pm.

The Star Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi Thursday May 25 2017 3 News In Brief Residents want the Suit Doctor to move out • By Julia Evans MARK VAN Roosmalen ran a well-known tailor’s business on Manchester St for more than 23 years before the February 22, 2011, earthquake destroyed the building. But the tailor is now proving not so popular with his neighbours in suburban Fendalton. Mr van Roosmalen, 59, has been operating his business out of a rented house in Otara St for the past two years. During that time he has received numerous complaints from people in the area including the Hamilton Ave and Otara St Residents’ Association upset by commercial activity on the street. But Mr van Roosmalen said the group is just a bunch of busy bodies trying to get rid of him. “I really don’t know what’s got up these people’s noses,” Mr van Roosmalen said. Now the residents’ association has upped the ante and has made a bid to close his suburban business down by approaching the Fendalton-Waimairi- Harewood Community Board. Doug Archbold, chairman of the residents’ association, made a deputation to the board and said the tailor’s operations were illegal. Said Mr van Roosmalen: “That’s how it started – they tried to say it was illegal, but of course it’s not. Then they just kept coming back with more and more issues.” Special legislation was developed by Parliament to enable Needle over tailor business STITCH IN TIME: Fendalton tailor Mark van Roosmalen’s business has received numerous complaints from the local residents’ association. (Above right) – Mr van Roosmalen’s former premises in Manchester St. PHOTO: MARTIN HUNTER displaced businesses to temporarily relocate to the suburbs after the earthquakes. Following the deputation, city council staff investigated and found the business was operating legally. Mr Archbold said the outcome was “pathetic.” Community board chairman David Cartwright said the board’s “hands are tied” as regulatory compliance works as an independent body from the city council. But he said the board is hearing the community’s concern. Mr Archbold said it isn’t so much the tailor itself that the residents are concerned about but the precedent it sets for other businesses. “If you let the tailor in, what’s next?” he said. He said it’s a wider city issue of businesses being pushed out of the central city and into the suburbs, but residents on Otara St feel they are being swamped by commercial activity. “It could be a fruit shop, any shop. We don’t like it in our street,” Mr Archbold said. He compared it to the funeral home that Fendalton residents in Rochdale St are protesting. The house is opposite Fendalton Village Shopping Centre, which includes a New World supermarket, optometrist and a bank. Mr van Roosmalen said it is these businesses bringing all the traffic to the neighbourhood not customers getting suit alterations. “We have plenty of off-street parking and some days we go without any customers at all,” he said. He wants the whole situation put to bed so he can get on with business as usual. “I’ve had other neighbours tell me how great it is having a tailor nearby,” he said. PLUMBER RESCUED FROM UNDER FLOOR Firefighters were called to an Islington property after a plumber became trapped under the floorboards of a house. The Sockburn crew had to cut up part of the floor to release the tradesman who was almost certainly not amused, fire investigator Mark Thomas said. The man was unhurt and a small section of the floor was removed so he could be freed. HOUSE BUY-UP FOR FLOOD PLAN The city council will look to purchase seven properties on the corner of Anzac Dr and Pages Rd, Bexley, as part of an $11 million flood reduction plan. However, some property owners don’t want to sell. Ground levels in some areas have dropped by up to 1m in the Knight’s Drain catchment, putting houses at greater flood risk due to earthquake-related land damage. The city council must purchase all 13 properties to progress the flood reduction plan. It currently owns five of them, while the other seven are occupied. The flood reduction plan is currently out for consultation. Public feedback will be open until June 7 RESIDENTS ONLY PARKING DECISION A controversial plan to make car owners pay to park on Clifton Tce, Sumner, has been delayed after mixed responses from residents. The city council proposed to put four ‘residents only’ parking spots on Clifton Tce following concerns over difficulty finding a park on the narrow road. Residents would have to pay a yearly fee to be able to park there under the plan. 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