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Selwyn Times: November 14, 2017

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10 Wednesday November 15 2017 Latest Christchurch news at News Local News Now SELWYN TIMES Fire rages, homes at risk Street names causing friction • By Georgia O’Connor-Harding SELWYN’S POLICY for naming newly built roads has come under scrutiny after more effort than usual went into deciding a name for a road in Rolleston last week. The district council was tasked with approving a new name for a road in the Twyn Visions Ltd subdivision at its meeting on Wednesday. The three names to choose from were Ruby Jean Drive, Jean Mark Alexander Grant Miller Archie Drive and Twyn Visions Drive. The options were approved by Land Information New Zealand. But not everyone was on the same page when it came to choosing their preferred name. Councillor Mark Alexander was the first to raise concerns over the name of Ruby Jean Drive due the township already GROWING PAINS: How streets are named in new subdivisions is causing friction around the district council table. having a road called Ruby Drive. “Two roads beginning with Ruby in the same township has potential for confusion of emergency services and if we can do our best to avoid that confusion we should,” he said. He said it should be named Jean Archie Drive. His stance was supported by district councillor Craig Watson. Councillors Nicole Reid and Debra Hasson raised concerns about the lack of information provided on the background behind the names. Cr Hasson suggested the district council may need to look into its naming policy. “We are starting to get lots of double barrel names . . . I understand it is named after a subdivision. Why couldn’t it just be Twyn Drive or Vision Drive, something more simple,” she said. But Cr Alexander said he was not a fan of Twyn Visions Drive. He said the spelling would always create confusion and he did not favour developers naming roads after themselves. But councillor Grant Miller said these are significant subdivisions adding a lot to the community. “It is the least we can do if it suits them,” he said. Cr Miller said while it would be good to get an explanation on the background on the names, developers are usually trying to honour a significant relation or person. But Deputy Mayor Malcolm Lyall said: “I would just like to remind Cr Miller the developers might put a lot of money into our subdivision but they also take a lot of money out.” But the argument brought a splash of humour to the table with councillor Pat McEvedy describing the debate as “turning into a farce” and Mayor Sam Broughton joking it was good to see what items on the agenda were most hotly debated. The district council approved Jean Archie Drive. •HAVE YOUR SAY: What do you think should be the rules around naming new roads in Selwyn? Email your views to georgia.oconnor@starmedia. kiwi Fri Dec 1st 9.30pm till late Playing Live Acoustic Solutions Breakfast/bubbly/bus to & from Races - Tue/Sat • Live Music every Sun 3-5 • Roast every lunch/ sun night $22 • Sun/Mon/Tue desserts $10 • Mon/Tue Woodfired pizzas $20 • Tue Quiz night - free entry & Prizes • Thurs/Fri Curry special • Function Room - no hire charge • $7 beers/wine 4-6pm every day • TAKEAWAYS AVAILABLE • Open 7 days Coffee/Lunch/Dinner Open 11.30am Mon-Fri | Ph 03 421 6481 Sat & Sun Breakfast from 9am West Melton Village, Weedons Ross Road Courtesy Van available Planning for the unexpected A workshop in business continuity planning for not-for-profits Monday 27 November, 10am–12pm (morning tea from 9.45am, lunch included) Selwyn District Council Chambers, 2 Norman Kirk Drive, Rolleston Could your organisation keep functioning through an emergency or disaster? New Zealand Red Cross have developed a training workshop facilitated by Sharon Torstonson from the Social Equity & Wellbeing Network (SEWN). The workshop aims to get people recognising the need to have a business continuity plan in place, and to help get you started on the planning journey. Contact Lisa Larkin at to RSVP or for more information. growing strong communities together

SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at Wednesday November 15 2017 11 Drivers should stop at busy Tai Tapu intersection • By Georgia O’Connor-Harding MOTORISTS ARE being urged to stop at a busy intersection in Tai Tapu. Police have assessed the intersection of Old Tai Tapu Rd and Christchurch Akaroa Rd following complaints of poor visibility and motorists failing to stop. Senior Sergeant Pete Stills recently drove to the intersection to observe. “My attitude was if you stop and look, the visibility was sufficient. One of the issues of not coming to a complete stop is you cut down your time, you cut down your ability to have a good look,” he said. The Tai Tapu Community Association has been working to resolve the issues for more than a year. But the committee’s chairman Gerald Carter said he could not comment on the resolutions as it is for the New Zealand Transport Agency and the district council to comment on. The district council’s asset engineer Mark Chamberlain said it was not aware of any submissions made in the past 12 months on the intersection. It previously had a speed indicator on Lincoln Tai Tapu Rd which turns into Old Tai Tapu Rd at the intersection as part of four signs rotated throughout the district. But it does not have plans to install more. NZTA traffic safety engineer David Scarlet said there are already speed indicator devices within the township at the approaches to the school. It comes as concerns were raised over the safety of large groups of cyclists in the area are assembling near The Store before embarking on their cycle trip. A resident, who did not wish to be named, said on a recent Sunday morning there were cyclists scattered across the road and they did not seem to have consideration for other people using the road. But police had not received complaints about cyclists at the intersection. •HAVE YOUR SAY: Do you have concerns with the intersection of Old Tai Tapu Rd and Christchurch Akaroa Rd? Email your views to georgia.oconnor@ Lincoln High names dux LINCOLN HIGH School revealed its top students at its end of year prize-giving. Oliver Gwatkin has been named dux for 2017 and was awarded the Rose Woods Cup for excellence in year 13. Jake Faulkner was awarded proxime accessit. The awards were held recently at the Lincoln Event Centre. Major Awards: •David Jackson – Mana Māori Award for contribution to mana Māori. •Daniel Mathers – Arts Council Trophy for contribution to the arts. •Lucy Turner – Old Students’ Association Challenge Trophy for determination to succeed. •Chantal Wilson – Garters Cup for commitment to colleagues. •Libby Trevelyan and Regan Kay – R.B. Strange Cup for leadership to head students. •Amy Burney – McMahon Cup for citizenship. •Emma Kench – R.S.A. Cup for all-round achievement. •Stephanie Bain, Amy Burney, Jake Faulkner, Oliver Gwatkin, Theresa Matheson- Grant, Brittany Pocock, Libby Trevelyan, Charlotte Walker – scholarship awards for students who have achieved three or more first in subject LINCOLN’S BRIGHTEST: Oliver Gwatkin and Jake Faulkner were awarded dux and proxime accessit respectively. or distinction awards. Distinction awards go to the top five per cent of students in each subject. •Ellesmere College leaders and prize-giving, pages 12-15 NOVEMBER SPECIALS Available from 1st to 30th November 2017. Specials only while stocks last. 45c South Terrace, Darfield DARFIELD THIRSTY LIQUOR Phone: 03-317 9499