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Selwyn Times: August 22, 2017

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8 Tuesday August 22 2017 Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi SELWYN TIMES Your Local Views Readers respond to the Selwyn Times’ article on the water meeting held recently: ews the Hills to the Sea, published in Jan and John Zervos – Revisit the book Selwyn From 1997 by the Ellesmere Camera Club with the backing of the district council. We are now 2017, 20 years exactly have passed. The book makes one aware of the massive acceleration of damage to our waterways since ashion its publishing. Dairying and unbridled growth in what were until very recently small country towns are the main driving forces. Interestingly the book also gives an insight to a possible agenda for certain business conglomerates to be in favour of Lake Ellesmere/Te Waihora complete demise, opening it up Gardening for another use. The air in Lincoln tonight reeked of what smelled like raw sewage. It’s really a question of whether we continue our complicity with a system obsessed with computer models, data collecting and forever talking in circles at meetings which are all really just delaying otoring actions, or do we not? Readers respond to the article on Selwyn having some of the most dangerous intersections in New Zealand: Chris Bartram – As a resident of Jones Rd, whose property has been damaged by cars twice in the last six months, and also a keen cyclist – the fix for cutting the accident rate on this quite narrow access road is simple. Lower the speed limit to 80km/h which will get the trucks and rat runners off this stretch of road and onto the Main South Rd (50m away). Paul Houston – In regards to the article on the Shands Rd-Blakes Rd intersection. I turn right from Blakes to Shands Rd heading east every morning. This is an extremely dangerous intersection, getting worse with the traffic coming in from Lincoln. This will get worse again with the new interchange under construction, with even more traffic wanting to turn right from Blakes onto Shands, trying to access the interchange. Suggestions are: To make Blakes Rd an underpass under Shands Rd, and to swing around, merging back on to Shands Rd. Roundabout traffic lights. I see that the north end of Blakes Rd becoming a cul-de-sac will have minimal impact on traffic turning right onto Shands. This road has only got busier and I have witnessed a number of accidents on this corner. As mentioned in your article, there have already been fatalities at this intersection. When there is a queue of six to eight cars in the morning wanting to turn right on to Shands Rd, some cars will turn left, go down Shands Rd, then do a U-turn, which doesn’t help the people turning right. I look forward to any feedback on this. David Snook – Shands Rd has become a major thoroughfare for residents of the expanding areas around Lincoln and Rolleston (among others), so in addition to increased traffic volumes, there are increased numbers joining and leaving Shands Rd. Contributors to the “problem” include: Visibility. Vehicles without lights during periods of poor/ challenging light conditions (sunset/rise, fog etc.). A vehicle approaching you out of the gloom is an unlit, dark coloured vehicle which surely should be the first to switch-on for their own safety. The failure of motorists to stop at stop signs. Motorists who fail to indicate their intentions with adequate timing. Failure to maintain appropriate following distances – especially when road conditions (wet) demand it. Poor choice of route; there are multiple points where you can join Shands Rd, some intersections are busier and are perhaps not the best choice. Right turns are particularly troublesome, perhaps some intersections should have “no right turn” status. Slow moving (farm vehicles for example) should be “discouraged” from using high-flow roads during peak travel times. Due to the number of intersections and driveway entrances, Shands Rd should be considered for “no passing lines”. Selwyn District Council chief executive David Ward – Your Soap Box correspondent Caitlin Miles (August 15, Long wait is almost over) has challenged the district council to provide public transport services for smaller townships. We would like to clarify for your readers that the planning and provision of public transport in the Canterbury region is the responsibility of the regional council, Environment Canterbury. 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SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi Tuesday August 22 2017 9 Volunteer firefighters simply want to help The district is fortunate to have huge numbers of volunteers committing significant time to help clubs, organisations and causes. Lincoln Volunteer Fire Brigade chief fire officer Jeremy Greenwood explains why firefighters do their bit to help I’M CONSTANTLY amazed at the support volunteer firefighters in the district receive from the public. As chief of the Lincoln brigade I see it every week. I’m unsure the exact reasons but suspect it has a good deal to the fact that fires, emergencies and natural disaster do seem to affect us all. People value the time, commitment and family sacrifice that our firefighters make to help our community. I was once asked by a woman visiting the Lincoln fire station: “Is there a typical time that the alarm goes off?” Before I could answer one of my colleagues interrupted: “Usually dinner time or kids’ bath time!” The comment was made in jest, but the message was simple; you never know when the alarm will sound but it’s often at an inconvenient time. The fire alarm can go at any time of the day or night, 365 days of the year. The amount of weekly training we are required to undertake is astounding and added to that are additional weekend specialist courses that we’re required to attend or choose to attend. We’re constantly involved in formal initiatives to educate children about fire safety and this sees our crews regularly visiting schools, pre-schools, Cubs, Scouts, Guides and so forth. We also work hard to ensure the fire safety messages get through to other groups within our community; farmers, the elderly, landlords and tenants and the disadvantaged. This help could be as simple as alerting people that they could be eligible for subsidised home smoke alarms, and then installing them at no cost. So, why do we do it? It’s challenging, rewarding and a great way to meet people within the community. Most of all, we simply want to do our bit to help. Pams Fresh NZ Oven Ready Chicken 1.5kg Fresh NZ Quality Mark Lamb Leg Roast $ 10 99 ea Love Apples Eve Loose Product of New Zealand $ 4 99 Coca-Cola, Sprite, Fanta, Lift or L&P 1.5 Litre or Keri Fruit Juice or Drink 1 Litre (excludes Premium) ANY 2 FOR NEW! $ 12 99 $ 2 99 CadburyChocolate Block 155-205g $ 2 99 ea kg kg Maggi Soup for a Cup 2-4 Pack $ 1 99 Wither Hills or pk Tegel Chicken Nuggets, Bites or Steaks 800g-1kg $ 10 99 ea Speight’s Gold Medal Ale or Summit Lager 12 Pack 330ml Bottles $ 18 99 pk www.foursquare.co.nz Lindauer Special Reserve 750ml (excludes Pinot Noir) $ 12 99 ea facebook.com/FourSquareNZ Specials available South Island only from Monday 21st August until Sunday 27th August 2017 or while stocks last. Wine and beer available at stores with an off licence. Wine and beer purchases restricted to persons aged 18 years old and over.