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Selwyn Times: October 17, 2017

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2 Tuesday October 17 2017 Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi SELWYN TIMES FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK COMMONSENSE looks like prevailing over the future of the Sheffield Community Hall (see page 3). The district council says it will step in and pay for quake repairs. But the flip side is that if the council does it, the hall comes under its control. There’s good logic to that. As in any small community, there is often differences of opinion over the use/ownership of public facilities, and it would be fair to say the Sheffield hall is no different. There’s history, tradition and a way of doing things that has lasted a long time. There is a concern that if the hall goes out of local hands, the district council could do anything with it; possibly even knock it down. But that won’t happen if it is going to spend 300k on repairs. - Barry Clarke Inside What’s lurking in your garden BACKYARD CRITTERS 32 News.................3-9, 21-22 Local Views..................10-11 Sports.........................16-18 Holiday fun......................... 24 Backyard Critters.......32 Driven...............................35-37 Gardening...............43-45 Community Events......47 GET IN TOUCH General Inquiries Ph 379-7100 Classified Advertising Ph 379-1100 The Christchurch Star Company Ltd. PO box 1467 - Christchurch starmedia.kiwi NEWS Georgia O’Connor-Harding Ph: 364 7438 georgia.oconnor@starmedia.kiwi ADVERTISING Lynette Evans Ph: 364 7434 lynette.evans@starmedia.kiwi Your place to meet, discover and connect Selwyn District Libraries are going to trial new opening hours, based on input we’ve received from you. These include at least one late evening and extended Saturday hours to better suit our communities. Some council services will be available on Saturday mornings until midday. The following hours will apply from Monday 23 October (Labour Day) until Saturday 28 April 2018. Darfield Library & Service Centre Monday 9am–5pm Tuesday 9am–7pm Wednesday 9am–5pm Thursday 9am–5pm Friday 9am–5pm (apart from 10am start on second and fourth Friday of the month) Saturday 9.30am–3.30pm Lincoln Library & Service Centre Monday 8.30am–5.30pm Tuesday 8.30am–5.30pm Wednesday 8.30am–5.30pm Thursday 8.30am–6.30pm Friday 8.30am–5.30pm (apart from 10am start on second and fourth Friday of the month) Saturday 9.30am–3.30pm Leeston Library & Service Centre Monday 9am–5pm Tuesday 9am–5pm Wednesday 9am–6pm Thursday 9am–5pm Friday 10am–4pm Saturday 10am–4pm Rolleston Library Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday 8.30am–5pm 8.30am–6pm 8.30am–6pm 8.30am–6pm 10am–6pm 9.30am–4pm Launch events will be held on Saturday 28 October – see our website for more information. www.selwynlibraries.co.nz

SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi Tuesday October 17 2017 3 News Community could ON THE DOMAIN LINCOLN 3 MARCH 2018 lose Sheffield hall to council • By Georgia O’Connor-Harding voted against and two abstained. A letter from the district THE SHEFFIELD Community council’s property and commercial manager Douglas Marshall Hall may finally get its muchneeded earthquake repairs. to the committee’s chairwoman But it is likely to come at the Val McKenzie on October 5 said cost of the community losing the resistance to the change of its ownership of the hall to the ownership is understandable. district council. But he said: “If the community Nearly do not want to undertake this $300,000 was change of ownership then the approved by council is in a difficult position the district where it will not be able to provide funding,” he said. council in UNCERTAIN: The Sheffield Community Hall is set to undergo March to go earthquake repairs, but at the cost of full ownership potentially Former mayor Bill Woods towards seismic strength- district council in partnership consent does. the community needed to hear being signed over to the district council. ​ who is involved in the issue said ening of the with the Sheffield-Waddington Concerns were raised by all alternatives to resolving the Douglas hall. Community Committee since committee members the public issue as it is the community’s Marshall But the the 1990s. needed to have a say on the matter as it was a community hall Instead of reforming the trust, hall that will be handed over. Sheffield-Waddington Community Committee has been told by ing to the public was held by the and the sense of “community” one of the alternative was the A special non-notified meet- the district council if it does not committee in September over surrounding the hall would be hall could be vested in the council and vested back to the people sign over full ownership of the the ownership of the hall. lost. hall, the funding will be cut. In order for the repairs including new bracing and structural said while the concerns were Mr Marshall told Selwyn But member Kerry Pauling if they wanted it, he said. The issue has arisen due to the ownership of the hall being connections to go ahead, the valid, signing over the ownership was the only choice the the ownership is not required as Times consultation on changing under the name of the Sheffield district council needs building Community Hall Incorporated consent. committee had. the building will remain a community facility. Society which legally no longer At the meeting, the district It was resolved the Sheffield exists due to it being removed council’s property services Community Hall Incorporated •HAVE YOUR SAY: What from the Register of Societies in co-ordinator Rob Allen told the Society was reinstated and the should happen to the 2000 because of inactivity. committee a resource consent hall is transferred to the district Sheffield Community Hall? The hall has been financially does not need to be in the property owner’s name but a building Six members voted for, one council for nil consideration. Email your views to georgia. resourced and managed by the oconnor@starmedia.kiwi In Brief www.selwynsounds.co.nz Tickets ON SALE NOW MT HUTT WINS BEST LOO Keep New Zealand Beautiful has named Mt Hutt Ski Area as having the best loos in its annual Beautiful Awards. The announcement was made at a gala dinner at Craggy Range Winery, Hastings, on Friday. Akaroa was also named as the Kiwi’s Choice. SCHOOL BUS CAMPAIGN As schools return for term four, the 20K Either Way school bus campaign is under way to raise awareness of safe driving around school buses collecting or dropping off children. Many Selwyn children in rural areas and townships throughout the district take the bus to school. The district council is asking residents to remember next time they approach the bus, take time to slow down to 20km when passing it. BOBCAT GONE IN FIRE A bobcat digger was destroyed after it caught fire on a driveway in Rolleston last Tuesday. Rolleston firefighters arrived on Wild Rd to find the digger “completely involved” in fire at about 4.49pm. No-one was injured in the blaze and it’s not suspicious, said a fire and emergency communications spokesman. 2 BEDROOMS Under Construction from $400,000 E S T A T E Phone. 03 421 7796 | Email. sales@woodcroftestate.co.nz 34 KENDON DRIVE, ROLLESTON, CANTERBURY ROLLESTON’S ONLY REGISTERED RETIREMENT VILLAGE • 30 years experience in the retirement industry • Two or three bedroom villas with single or double garage • An investment with 100% capital gain • On Site Manager and a Pavilion and a bowling green • Show home open Monday to Friday 10am to 2pm www.manorgroup.co.nz