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Selwyn Times: April 25, 2018

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4 Wednesday April 25 2018 Latest Christchurch news at News In Brief BYLAW APPROVED The district council adopted the cemetery bylaw at its public meeting last week. The draft bylaw updates the existing 2011 bylaw and regulates the use and management of council cemeteries. A public hearing was held in February with two submissions received. The bylaw is largely based on the existing 2011 bylaw, but includes some changes to ensure legislative compliance. FOUR HURT IN CRASH One person sustained moderate injuries and three people minor injuries after a crash at the intersection of West Coast Rd and Curve Rd in Sheffield. The Sheffield and Springfield volunteer fire brigades, police and ambulance were called out to the incident on Thursday at 12.57pm. Chief fire office Neville Croy said a car was “t-boned” by an oncoming vehicle after it pulled out of Curve Rd onto the West Coast Rd. He said both vehicles were damaged and had to be towed away. A St John spokesman said two people were transported to Christchurch Hospital. • By Georgia O’Connor-Harding A environmentally-beneficial processing plant has been given the green light to be built in Burnham, in spite of a bond not yet being secured. The district council approved leasing its land at Pines Recovery Park to allow company Eneform Ltd to construct a pyrolysis plant at its public meeting last week. But the figure for the bond, expected to be paid by Eneform Ltd, has not yet been finalised by council staff. The bond raised concerns around the district council table last week, in spite of councillors being supportive of the project. As a result, the district council amended its motion to approve the lease of land subject to an appropriate bond being secured. Other conditions included appropriate regulatory consents being contained and comprehensive risk, health and safety measures put in place. The plant to be located at 183 Burnham School Rd, will use pyrolysis technology to break down tyres and plastic and reduce ongoing environmental issues related to end-of-life tyres. The district council’s asset manager Murray Washington told Selwyn Times it is expected the bond will be confirmed in the next couple of months. At the meeting, district councillor John Morten said while he supported the recommendation he was looking for a bond or guarantee in case something “unforeseen” happened. His views were supported by fellow councillors Murray Lemon, Craig Watson, Nicole Reid and Jeff Bland. Solid waste manager Andrew Boyd said a bond has been written into the draft lease agreement but the amount has not been specified. “We would take advice of industry experts around what that figure would be estimated at to cover ourselves,” he said. Local News Now Bond not yet set for tyre plant Sam Broughton BENEFICIAL: The district council will lease its land at Pines Recovery Park for a pyrolysis plant, in spite of not yet securing a figure for a bond company Eneform Ltd is expected to pay. SELWYN TIMES Fire rages, homes at risk District councillor Jeff Bland said he preferred the district council reconciled around the table until the conditions were “wrapped up” and had a bond and number. But Mayor Sam Broughton said it is about trusting staff will follow through with the conditions required. Said Cr Bland: “We have ultimate responsibilities over this as councillors. We are delegating our responsibilities. The usual process is that something is presented to council and we accept or decline it.” Mr Broughton said the district council has done due process on the proposal and have gone “very in-depth with it.” Cr Bland said Eneform Ltd should pay the bond or not get the lease. Said Mr Broughton: “I think that is our motion. Without that being met the whole thing doesn’t happen.” Construction of the plant is planned to begin in the second half of this year. •HAVE YOUR SAY: Do you think Eneform Ltd’s pyrolysis plant will benefit Selwyn? Email your views to georgia. CREATE THE DREAM GOLD CARD LUNCHES MON - FRI Take control of the weather! LET US CREATE YOUR PERFECT OUTDOOR SPACE CALL US TODAY FOR A NO OBLIGATION QUOTE CHRISTCHURCH 55 Hands Road Ph: (03) 338 9063 Woodfired Pizzas / Full Menu • $20 Pizzas Mon / Tues • $7 Beers 4-6pm Every day • Gaming Room • Tues Quiz Nights • $15 Burgers Wed • Chill Out Guitar Session Thurs 7-9pm • $15 Curry Thurs / Fri • Takeaways Available • Open 7 days Coffee/Lunch/Dinner Open 11.30am Mon-Sat | Ph 03 421 6481 Sunday Breakfast from 9am West Melton Village, Weedons Ross Road Courtesy Van available

SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at 5 Water concern prompts meeting over permanent chlorination • By Georgia O’Connor-Harding A PUBLIC meeting will be held in Glentunnel to gauge concern over the district council’s plans to permanently chlorinate water supplies in parts of Malvern. Residents have been left upset after the district council confirmed it will chlorinate the Sheffield-Waddington and Malvern Hills Hartleys Rd water supplies in July and August. Townships affected by the chlorination include Whitecliffs, Glentunnel, Coalgate, Sheffield and Kerry Pauling Waddington. Residents are being encouraged to make as many submissions as possible to the district council. “We felt something has got to be done about it . . . hopefully we will get a lot of people,” said one of the meeting’s organisers Brian Thompson. He said district council representatives have been invited to the meeting and he is hoping to change its mind. The district council’s water services asset manager Murray England told Selwyn Times last week pipe breaks, backflow, illegal connections and reservoir failures in the supplies had led to the chlorination. The issue of chlorination was also discussed at the Sheffield- Waddington Community Committee meeting on Thursday. Malvern Community Board deputy chairman Kerry Pauling said everyone at the meeting was told if they want to make their feelings known to the council they need to make a submission. He said several good points were raised at the meeting by farmers who use the Malvern Hills Hartleys Rd water supplies to feed livestock. “The stock don’t like chlorination water and don’t drink enough. They get dehydrated . . . there is not an alternative source to get water from,” Mr Pauling said. Another concern raised was chlorination causing the environment to become more sterile which could lead to the weakening of children’s immune systems. Mr Pauling said permanent chlorination would not be popular with 90 per cent of residents, and a large contingent from Sheffield is likely to travel to the Glentunnel meeting. But Sheffield volunteer chief fire officer Neville Croy said it was a done deal and the district council will have made up their minds. “I don’t see any need for chlorination. I don’t think it is necessary,” he said. Mr Thompson said a lot of people were “seriously” concerned about the chlorination and no one he has spoken to is in favour of chlorination. He said if the district council did not change its decision he and his wife will consider buying a well to get off the scheme. Emergency team set up • By Emily O’Connell A TEAM has been set up to respond to emergencies in the district. A report on the Civil Defence emergency management update was passed at the Selwyn District Council meeting last week. It included the creation of a Selwyn response team – which has 26 volunteers. Mayor Sam Broughton said the volunteers have completed more than 1000 hours of training since beginning January. He said the training covered a range of topics such as search and rescue, sandbagging, communications, first aid, food and control. “We never want to have to use them . . . but we have got local people committed and trained and ready to respond on Selwyn’s behalf,” Mr Broughton said. The team expects to achieve basic operational capability within the next month. The report said a major South Island response team exercise is coming up at the end of May and will mostly be based in Selwyn. The Selwyn team will participate in the exercise. “Thank you council for supporting that and I think our Wednesday April 25 2018 Local News Now Fire rages, homes at risk community will certainly benefit in the next emergency,” Mr Broughton said. The report also touched on other emergency updates such as the finalisation of a tsunami plan, alpine fault planning activities and the rollout of a new public education package for schools. The district council also plans to create a volunteer welfare team consisting of about 20 people who can run and staff a welfare centre during long duration events. Ange brought her favourite orange lights to us. So we worked with her to build a colour palette around them. Start your own story 03 348 1994 |