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Selwyn Times: January 17, 2018

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2 Wednesday January 17 2018 Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi from the editor’s desk WEEDONS RESIDENTS have responded to their Christchurch city neighbours and weighed in on the battle over another quarry plan (see page 1). The quarry is in the Selwyn District but the people who will be affected most by any potential dust are in Templeton – Christchurch city turf. The Selwyn District Council and Environment Canterbury will sign off consents, which means Templeton people will desperately need help from their Weedons neighbours. At this point they are ready to help. A major blue last week. I spelled volunteer firefighter Steve McLennan’s name incorrectly in this column. No excuses, just simply a momentary lapse in attention. Steve: Feel free to give me an upper cut; the news room (gleefully) has. You know where to find me. –Barry Clarke get in touch GENERAL ENQUIRIES Ph 379 7100 CLASSIFIED ADVERTISING Ph 379 1100 The Christchurch Star Company Ltd PO Box 1467, Christchurch starmedia.kiwi community picnic Open day at historic Greendale site Residents are invited to an open day and picnic on Sunday to celebrate the restoration of a national heritage site in Greendale. Page 11 holiday fun Kids cool off at the aquatic Centre Photographer Martin Hunter was at the Selwyn Aquatic Centre to catch all the splashing, bombs and dives over the school holidays. Page 14-15 dream come true SELWYN TIMES Young cricket fan meets her hero Sophie Forward, 7, joined captains Kane Williamson and Sarfraz Ahmed for the coin toss before the Black Caps took on Pakistan in Nelson last week. NEWS Georgia O’Connor-Harding Ph: 364 7438 georgia.oconnor@starmedia.kiwi ADVERTISING Lynette Evans Ph: 364 7434 lynette.evans@starmedia.kiwi Page 19 The best-read local newspaper, delivered to 18,355 homes, RDs and farms every Wednesday Ladbrooks, Tai Tapu, Leeston, Lincoln, Southbridge, Prebbleton, Halswell, Rolleston, Templeton, Burnham, West Melton, Darfield, Kirwee, Arthur’s Pass. Plan a safe ride home before you go out: · Have a sober driver · Ask family or friends to pick you up · Use courtesy van or a taxi if available Proudly brought to you by the Road Safety Team

SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi Wednesday January 17 2018 3 News Agreement ends saga over community hall • By Georgia O’Connor-Harding Douglas Marshall CONCERNS Sheffield residents could lose their community hall have been put to rest. While the ownership of the Sheffield Community Hall is to be legally transferred over to the district council, it has assured residents if it was to ever sell the building, it will be offered back to the community first. It means muchneeded earthquake repairs for the hall are able to get under way by the district council without the risk of the hall being sold off in the future. It comes after the Sheffield- Waddington Community Committee were told by the district council in October if it did not sign over full ownership of the hall, funding for the repairs would be cut. The issue was due to the ownership of the hall being under the name of the Sheffield Community Hall Incorporated Society which legally no longer exists due to it being removed RESOLVED: The Sheffield community have been reassured they will not lose their community hall. ​ from the Register of Societies in 2000 because of inactivity. But the community committee has since agreed to the re-establishment of the incorporated society and will transfer the hall to the district council at a notional $1. The ownership transfer is likely to be completed within the next two months, a district council spokesman told Selwyn Times. In a letter to Sheffield residents, the district council’s property and commercial manager Douglas Marshall said a concern in the community the hall could be sold was valid but easily allayed. Under the Local Government Act 2002 and Public Works Act 1981 if a public authority sells a property such as a hall or associated land it must first offer back the property to the previous owner. “Accordingly the district council would have to offer back the hall to the Sheffield community and would do so for the same price as the district council paid ON THE DOMAIN LINCOLN 3 MARCH 2018 being a notional $1,” he said. Nearly $300,000 was approved by the district council in March last year to go towards seismic strengthening of the hall. A district council spokesman said a building consent is likely to be issued early next month so work on the hall is yet to begin. It is expected the hall will be completed by June. Community committee chairwoman Val McKenzie said she is happy about the outcome. But former mayor Bill Woods, who was involved in the issue, said the district council originally tried to frighten people into agreeing handing over the hall when they didn’t need to. “If they had just gone ahead and issued a building consent the hall would be finished now. Then the ownership of the hall was a separate issue all together,” he said. •HAVE YOUR SAY: Are you happy with the outcome of the Sheffield Community Hall? Email your views to georgia.oconnor@starmedia. kiwi In Brief www.selwynsounds.co.nz Tickets ON SALE NOW CAR LANDS UPSIDE DOWN The driver of a vehicle which flipped and landed upside down on a railway line in Dunsandel walked away with minor injuries. The car landed directly on the railway line which intersects Main South Rd on a sharp corner before the Dunsandel township on Friday before 6am. Ambulance staff assessed and treated a 20-year-old female at the scene. Dunsandel chief fire officer Ian Chatterton said while he didn’t want to speculate, the driver may have been going too fast. Selwyn Times was unable to contact police in time for comment. FIRE STATION CALL OUTS The Rolleston Volunteer Fire Brigade has released the number of fire call-outs it attended last year. The station attended a total of 514 calls between January 1 and December 31. The fire station attended 13 structure fires, 43 vegetation fires, one rescue, two heat/pressure-related calls, 218 medical calls, four hazardous material calls, 30 special services, five public assistance calls, 45 vehicle accidents, 122 false alarms and three calls not recorded. HON AMY ADAMS MP FOR SELWYN Working hard for our communities If you would like to sign up for my newsletter please visit: www.amyadams.co.nz CONTACT P 03 344 0418 E selwynoffice@parliament.govt.nz Pack a it ’ s Picnic, Island Time! 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