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Selwyn Times: August 29, 2017

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2 Tuesday August 29 2017 Latest Christchurch news at SELWYN TIMES FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK A SOLUTION possibly to the chronic traffic congestion that the Halswell Junction Rd and Springs Rd roundabout causes. If you don’t get away to work early, getting through the roundabout and onto the Southern Motorway means a 15min or so backlog to Prebbleton. This has been happening for a long time now and will get worse as the motorway extension work kicks up another gear. So the powers that be will install a traffic signal (see page 3) at the roundabout to combat the 2km of traffic that backs up on weekdays. Once you get to the roundabout it’s a game of dodgems getting across and around into the motorway flow. That can be exciting, or fearful, depending on what kind of person you are behind the wheel. – Barry Clarke Inside Plucky Ellesmere effort 15 SPORT News.............................3-10 Our People........................8,9 Local Views................... 13 Motoring.........................24,25 Gardening.......................27 Events......................................28 GET IN TOUCH General Inquiries Ph 379-7100 Classified Advertising Ph 379-1100 The Christchurch Star Company Ltd. PO box 1467 - Christchurch NEWS Georgia O’Connor-Harding Ph: 364 7438 ADVERTISING Lynette Evans Ph: 364 7434 Treat Yourself with a NEW TOP and get the TROUSERS for Half Price! Only valid until 16 September 2017 Our gorgeous specialty pies, sausage rolls & quiches Plus extensive range of slices, muffins, scones, sandwiches, paninis, bagels coffee & more. CATERING AVAILABLE Gorgeous Food specialist bakery OPEN SATURDAY 7am - 1.30pm 66-68 Springs Rd. Ph: 344 6044. Email: Open Monday-Friday 6am-3.30pm Start your section hunt in Falcon’s Landing today First release available now. New sections selling now – come and find out why Rolleston is one of the fastest growing communities in Christchurch. Call us on 03 741 1340, or email us at

SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at Tuesday August 29 2017 3 News Traffic signals to ON THE DOMAIN LINCOLN 3 MARCH 2018 Tickets ON SALE NOW ease commuter congestion In Brief RELIEF IS in sight for Selwyn commuters at a congested intersection. A traffic signal will be installed at the Halswell Junction and Springs Rds roundabout to combat the 2km line of traffic which backs up daily. New Zealand Transport Agency journey manager Lee Wright said people travelling on Springs Rd Malcolm Lyall from Lincoln, Prebbleton, Rolleston and surrounding areas have significant delays at the roundabout during the morning peak – from 6-10am. “Some mornings it can take more than 12min for people to travel along Springs Rd and enter the roundabout because of the constant flow of traffic travelling north-west along Halswell Junction Rd,” Ms Wright said. She said there are often lines of traffic backed up for more than 2km while people wait for a safe HAVE YOU BEEN TO SEE US LATELY? Call in today for a full supply of fresh fruit and vegetables. OPEN 7 DAYS Phone 349 5952 Cnr Springs Rd & Marshs Rd, Prebbleton (next to Milanese Restaurant) gap to enter the roundabout. The new signal is set to relieve the delay by several minutes and improve safety during the morning rush hour. “It is frustrating for drivers and also risky as some motorists try to enter the roundabout when it is not safe to do so,” Ms Wright said. The signal will be installed 80m before the roundabout on the Halswell side of Halswell Junction Rd. Two sensors will also be installed, one 200m before the new traffic signals and another LAwyERS We have over 40 years’ experience to assist you with… • Buying and Selling Houses and Commercial Property • Wills, Trusts and Estate matters • All issues facing you and your business; • Employment Law matters; • Traffic matters; • Advice regarding Retirement Villages • General Legal Advice on all matters Call John, Brendan or Andrew today 03 366 8996 Email. Airport Business Park 92 Russley Road, Christchurch 8042 on Springs Rd, 50m before the roundabout. The signal will only be used to manage traffic during the morning peak. Ms Wright said the two sensors will ensure traffic is not stopped unnecessarily and the majority of people travelling on Halswell Junction Rd will not notice any delays. Give way rules will still apply at the roundabout, even if cars have got a green light. “The green light will give drivers permission to approach the roundabout, but they will BUSY: Traffic on Halswell Junction Rd will be eased with the installation of a traffic signal in September. PHOTO: GEOFF SLOAN still need to obey the road rules and give way to oncoming traffic once they are at the roundabout,” Ms Wright said. Deputy Mayor Malcolm Lyall said he was delighted that the intersection will be improved. “I’m pleased for our community that the transport agency is pro-actively providing a solution to what has become a frustrating intersection on our local roading network. This change will make a real difference to commuters.” The project it set to cost around $150,000. TAI TAPU TOILET SIGNS The need for a new sign to direct people to the public toilets in Tai Tapu is still yet to be addressed. The district council told Selwyn Times in July a new sign directing people to the toilets would be installed at the intersection of Rhodes Rd and Old Tai Tapu Rd this month. The district council’s roading manager Mark Chamberlain said the sign would be installed by Thursday. XMAS IN THE PARK RETURN Darfield’s Country Christmas in the Park may return but on a smaller scale. It’s been two years since Darfield last had a Country Christmas in the Park. While interest has been put forward to help run the event, it is likely to be smaller and called Picnic in the Park. Malvern Community Board chairwoman Jenny Gallagher said she had discussed holding the event with the Darfield Township Committee. It comes after she received an email from a resident saying they would like to run Christmas in the Park this year. The community board discussed taking the event forward at its meeting last night. Want to learn about Selwyn’s freshwater? AMY ADAMS SELWYN I will continue to visit communities in Selwyn over the coming weeks and would love to meet you and hear the things that are important to you. Please visit my website at for a list of where I will be. @amyadamsMP Come along to one of our final seminars at Lincoln University. Hosted by the Selwyn Waihora Water Zone Committee. Moderated by Sue Jarvis, Lincoln University. DATE TOPIC PRESENTERS Thurs 31 Aug 12pm and 7.30pm Thurs 14 Sep 12pm and 7.30pm Farming to limits in Selwyn What more needs to be done to address Selwyn Te Waihora water issues? Ron Pellow - South Island Dairy Development Centre David Birkett - Foundation for Arable Research Panel discussion including panellists: Ken Hughey - Professor at Lincoln University Pat McEvedy - Selwyn District Councillor/cropping farmer and a Taumutu Rūnanga representative Lunchtime seminars: Held in the D6 lecture room (Landscape Building) from 12pm to 12.50pm. Evening seminars: Held in the S1 lecture room (Stewart Building) from 7.30pm to 9pm. Authorised by Amy Adams, 829 Main South Rd, Templeton. For more information find us at