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Southern View: April 17, 2018

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2 Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi Tuesday April 17 2018 SOUTHERN VIEW from the editor’s desk Digging in at Linwood DEAN CALVERT was a pretty useful boxer in his day, and these days he’s not a bad sort of a publican. He’s mine host at the Valley Inn and when he’s not there he spends a bit of time travelling the world watching boxing. He has just returned from the Parker/Joshua fight in Wales (see page 5). He spent time in the Parker camp, courtesy of fellow Cantabrian Kevin Barry who trained Calvert during part of his career. Like any good publican he also did some industry research while in Wales: “We organised a good pub crawl one day.” It was, of course, to check on the menus for new ideas. – 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 NEWS Sophie Cornish Ph: 364 7437 sophie.cornish@starmedia.kiwi ADVERTISING Mark Sinclair Ph: 364 7461 mark.sinclair@starmedia.kiwi 300 natives planted on school grounds See how Linwood College students are helping to transform their school’s landscape as part of the $9 million Bells Creek flood protection project. Page 6 Marian wins shield Top public speakers Marian College is still “buzzing” after taking out the Bishop Lyons’ Shield. Page 16 Pubs of Chch past Library exhibition Check out Pubs of the past: The archaeology of Victorian Christchurch hotels tomorrow, 9am-7pm, at the South Library. Page 18 The best-read local newspaper, delivered to 15,826 homes every Tuesday Spreydon, Hoon Hay, Hillmorton, Cracroft, Cashmere, St Martins, Somerfield, Sydenham, Addington, Waltham, Opawa, Beckenham, Huntsbury, Woolston. CELEBRATING 2 YEARS of our Christchurch branch NOW OPEN FREE Quotation FREE Installation FREE Aluminium Track for Christchurch customers Lunch & Dinner Take-away menu available Brand new food caravan on street PROFESSIONAL CUSTOM MADE CURTAINS 25 Picton Avenue Riccarton, Christchurch P 349 4888 E officinevoluptasnz@gmail.com www.officinevoluptas.co.nz Call for bookings 295 Selwyn St, Spreydon, Chch Ph. 027 424 3632 Paul and the team at Somerfield Upholstery want to thank all their customers for their support and wish them a Very Happy Christmas and Prosperous 2018 BEFORE AFTER Closed 20th December 2017 Reopens 19th January 2018 30 YEARS EXCELLENT RANGE OF FABRICS EXPERIENCEFREE Recover your couches and chairs and save money! QUOTES Somerfield Upholstery Ltd FURNITURE RECOVERY SPECIALIST 10 Calgary Place, Hornby | Ph 021 251 6200 | 349 0456 VISIT OUR SHOWROOM | QUALITY WORKMANSHIP GUARANTEED www.somerfieldupholstery.co.nz Paul Tainui

SOUTHERN VIEW Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi Tuesday April 17 2018 3 News Massive opposition to Denton Park plan • By Emily O’Connell MOST PEOPLE who made a submission on Denton Park are opposed to the city council’s plans to build a $35.7 million mega centre on it. THe hearings panel is scheduled to have its first meeting today, followed by another one tomorrow and a third on Monday if required. Fifty submitters are Ross Houliston set to speak to the panel in support of their written submission. THe panel will make a recommendation on the proposed changes to the Halswell-Hornby-Riccarton Community Board. If the community board approves these changes, the city council’s chief executive Karleen Edwards will then have the final say. Figures show 84 per cent of submitters voted against reclassifying the park and changing its management plan. The city council received 1444 submissions, with 530 hard copy submissions handed in on the last day. OPPOSED: Eighty-four per cent of submitters have voted against reclassifying Denton Park and changing its management plan. PHOTO: MARTIN HUNTER This surpasses the 1063 submissions the city council received on the reinstatement of Christ Church Cathedral. In August, city councillors voted between Warren, Denton and Kyle parks for the location of the Hornby Library, Customer Services and Leisure Centre. Denton Park was then chosen. In order to build on 9766 sq m of Denton Park, the reserve classification has to change. The facility’s proposed location has been highly controversial with sports clubs fearful of losing their home ground to the new centre. Save Denton Park group treasurer Ross Houliston said he’s “pretty happy” with the number of submitters opposed to the city council’s plan but believes the city council will “put this thing through” anyway. Ten per cent of submitters voted for the changes, three per cent generally supported the plan but have some concerns and another three per cent put no selection. On Thursday, the city council released a 1891-page meeting agenda and a 394-page traffic management plan. Mr Houliston said the city council’s traffic plan “is an absolute joke.” He said it has a lot of flaws but admits he’s not sure if there’s a good way to make a plan in such a busy area. The agenda addresses concerns which submitters had such as the effect on the sports clubs, gifting of land and vehicle parking. It also includes a Consultation and Crime Profile for Hornby. “Police victimisation data shows that Denton Park and Hornby Mall are categorised as experiencing the highest rates of crime when compared to all other mesh blocks nationally,” it read. However, it said incidents have “dropped considerably” since the closure of the Snafu Bar and Restaurant on Chalmers St. A Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design report was carried out and recommendations for the site included repositioning the proposed centre by 8m, creating a pedestrian only entrance from the northwest of Chalmers St and removing the cricket club rooms. Local News Now In Brief Fire rages, homes at risk THE BRIDGE WORK STARTS Work has started on the revamp for South New Brighton’s community hub The Bridge. The former abandoned and earthquake-damaged Baptist church was acquired by The Bridge South Brighton Charitable Trust. Work is expected to be completed in September. TREE REPORTS REQUESTED The Coastal-Burwood Community Board has asked city council staff to provide a peer review of the Rawhiti Domain and South New Brighton Domain arborists’ tree reports. It has also requested copies of the terms and reference and letters of engagement for the two arboriculture firms who undertook the tree assessments. The board noted some concerns at what it believes to be some disparity in the assessments. FREE WELCOME PACKS If you are new to Halswell or know someone who is, go along and pick up a free welcome bag at the Halswell Community Hub. The packs are full of information about local clubs and groups. The hub, located on 381 Halswell Rd, is open Monday to Thursday, 9am to noon. For more information, phone 020 4127 6083 or email halswell.comm@gmail.com. •Soapbox, page 8