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Selwyn Times: March 14, 2018

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12 Wednesday March 14 2018 Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi SELWYN TIMES Rolleston Town Centre Rolleston Library and Community Centre Update March 2018 your space + your ideas Rolleston’s exciting new town centre will start to take shape this year – and residents’ ideas are helping to make sure it’s a dynamic, innovative space. Planning for the new library and community centre – a key project in the town centre – is now under way. As part of the process, late last year we asked residents for ideas and suggestions on how people might want to use the new spaces. We spoke to people of all ages at libraries, community events, kids markets, bus trips and neighbourhood gatherings. We also ran an online survey and interacted with people on social media to gather feedback. More than 200 people completed the survey and we received over 500 different suggestions and ideas. Borrow books Below, we show some of the key feedback from residents on what they want to see and do in the new library and community centre. People also told us about things they love about libraries, like cultural celebrations, the welcoming environment, places to learn and to connect with people, opportunities to pursue interests and hobbies, and special celebrations like NZ Music Month and Te Wiki o te Reo Māori. All the feedback and ideas received have now been passed on to the team managing the design and development of the town centre and the new library and community space – helping to ensure a fun, welcoming and multi-purpose facility. What would you like to see + do? Non-traditional reading material, ebooks other languages Light and bright Cafe and socialising areaA quiet calm lounge Arts and crafts Children’s activities LEGO ® wall About the Rolleston Town Centre Master Plan A master plan for Rolleston town centre was adopted by the Council in 2014 after extensive community consultation. The plan sets out a vision for a town centre, located on what is currently part of Rolleston Reserve, which will be a vibrant and engaging destination for Rolleston and the wider Selwyn district. Alongside the library and community centre, the vision for the town centre includes: · reserve, open spaces and playgrounds · town square and civic gathering space · indoor/outdoor dining and hospitality Toys Music and recording area Young adult area Gaming Indoor garden Plants Fish tanks Fun seating, bean bags, hammocks, sofas Dance and performance Space for under 5s Teaching and learning History and cultural references Technology Perform in front of whanau, friends (dance, drama) Study AR, VR, interactive Play area Listen to a podcast/streamed event Create a film Watch a movie Poetry slamWrite and make music ConcertsListen to authors talk Attend seminarsSee exhibitions Read · retail and entertainment areas · pedestrian-friendly streets and spaces A number of key steps in the plan have already been completed, including roading projects such as the Tennyson/Kidman roundabout, the development of Foster Park, adoption of the Land Use Recovery Plan designating the town centre as a key activity area, and the statutory Reserve Exchange process to enable redevelopment of part of the reserve. For more information and to view the Master Plan documents: www.selwyn.govt.nz/rollestontowncentre Expert design team appointed to town centre project The Council is delighted to have appointed an outstanding team of designers and specialists to bring the concept of a new town centre in Rolleston to life. Prestigious Christchurch architecture firm Warren and Mahoney is leading a consortium that includes urban designers Boffa Miskell, engineers TMCo, Traffic Design Group, Acoustic Engineering Services and project managers Inovo. Warren and Mahoney bring a wealth of experience to the project, having been involved in developments such as the Kaipoi Library, Lincoln Library and the new Christchurch City Library, the Selwyn Aquatic Centre, and recent Christchurch projects including the innovative PWC centre and Awly Building and the King Edward Barracks development. Council property and commercial manager Douglas Marshall says the consortium is a great fit for the town centre development. “The team has a deep understanding of the significance of this project for Selwyn,” he says. “They bring real expertise across the many aspects of this project including retail, library, reserve and community spaces. “We’re also confident they’ll bring a ‘wow’ factor to the community space and the wider town centre, making it a popular destination for locals and visitors alike.” Warren and Mahoney Principal Jonathan Coote says the firm is delighted to have been chosen to undertake the project. “As a team we are excited about delivering transformation and a new town centre for Rolleston that is ‘of its place’ and for its people,” he says. “Having spent valuable time digesting the community engagement outcomes and brief, we are now developing the concept at pace and look forward to sharing this with our project partners and the wider community in the near future.” Children used LEGO ® at community engagement events to help show their ideas for the new Rolleston library and community centre. What’s coming next …? The design team is currently working on initial planning for the library and community centre, as well as the wider town centre development. This includes bulk and location planning – working out where on the site the key facilities and precincts will be located. A critical part of the town centre project is the redevelopment of the open space in Rolleston Reserve into a vibrant, high-amenity urban park. It is planned to be a destination for locals and visitors, supporting a range of passive recreational activities. These might include features like play and water areas, garden and informal grassed space, sculptural features, areas for public events and gatherings, and landscaping that reflects the township and wider district. It’s important that the reserve complements the town centre facilities and is welcoming and useable for residents. To help us get the design right, we are looking for community views and we will soon be asking for your ideas and into the planning and design of this space. Watch for more details over the next few months on proposed concepts for the reserve, and on how you can provide feedback.

SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi Wednesday March 14 2018 13 News Police to tweak work rosters • By Georgia O’Connor-Harding Peter Cooper POLICE ROSTERS are under review which could lead to changes over when police stations are staffed across the district. Canterbury rural area commander Inspector Peter Cooper said potential changes could be in the wind. But he has said it is not a restructure – it is tweaking police hours to see what works best for staff and their families and to see how they can give a better service. He said there is no proposal – it is an internal discussion and there will be no changes in the foreseeable future. “I am talking to staff, I gave them a bit of paper saying here are the rosters you currently work, is there a better option and what else can we do,” he said. Currently officers work daytime hours during the week with some late shifts over the weekend – and staff are on call 24/7. “I’ve asked people to have a think about it and if we were NO FURTHER PLANS: Canterbury rural area commander Inspector Peter Cooper said while there is no immediate plans for the Rolleston police station to be staffed 24/7, it is “not off the table either”. ​ going to do a roster change we would do it in May but there is no dates in my head,” he said. Meanwhile, there are still no further plans for the Rolleston police station to be staffed 24/7. Rolleston was one of four stations across the country earmarked to be staffed 24/7 in 2017/18 as part of the $388 million investment in police announced by Prime Minister Bill English in February. But Inspector Cooper said while there is no immediate plans, it is “not off the table either.” It was announced last year the new Labour Government is planning to add 1800 new police officers over the next three years. “We have had to put everything on hold to see what the new policy means,” Inspector Cooper said. About three more staff are planned to be added to the Rolleston police station. •HAVE YOUR SAY: Do you think the Rolleston police station needs to be staffed 24/7? Email your views to georgia.oconnor@ starmedia.kiwi Local News Now Fire rages, homes at risk Intersection safety aim of campaign SELWYN MOTORISTS are being reminded of the need to take care at intersections through a new district council road safety campaign. The “What’s the cost” campaign aims to raise awareness by profiling the price of failing to stop or give way at intersections. Of the crashes that occur in Selwyn, 40 per cent take place at intersections. From 2013 to 2017, 571 crashes occurred at intersections within the district, and of these 216 crashes involved an injury, with eight fatalities recorded. In Selwyn 61 per cent of intersection crashes are caused by failing to stop or give way. Poor driver observation is a factor in 49 per cent of all intersection crashes. Senior Sergeant Pete Stills reminds motorists that stopping means a vehicle’s wheels do not move at all. Along with the risk of causing a crash, motorists failing to stop or give way face an instant $150 fine and 20 demerit points. Police will be monitoring intersections and will be issuing tickets and demerit points to motorists who fail to stop or give way at intersections. Advertisement New time of year, same fantastic Manderley Festival The Manderley Home and Garden Festival has changed to March. Ross and Mary Millar, owners and organisers of the festival, recognised the month of November was an extremely busy time so have decided to hold the 2018 Home and Garden Festival in March. So what delights can you expect for a festival that has been running for 20 years? The weekend of March 17 and 18 will find more than 140 stalls, many of which are local Canterbury produce and products, which have been carefully selected. There will be a balanced mix of food, wine and craft beers along with items for your home and garden, with craft stalls ranging from sculptures to pieces for the home. Sit and relax with a tasty treat whilst watching the programmed entertainment including ballet, circus performing, singing and much more. Wander around the stalls taking in the vibrant sounds and smells of a country home and garden festival, whilst being surrounded by the most stunning views. Manderley Farm, within a 40 minute drive of Christchurch, is nestled in Banks Peninsula with stunning views and breath-taking gardens. It provides the perfect setting and back drop for this favourite home and garden festival. • For more details visit www.manderley.co.nz