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Selwyn Times: May 16, 2018

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10 Wednesday May 16 2018 Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi Your Local Views SELWYN TIMES Adams stands up for quarry neighbours Selwyn MP Amy Adams writes about the need for better rules around quarrying in the district HERE IN the Selwyn electorate we have major ongoing concerns around the location and operation of quarries. While I understand and agree that we need a secure supply of aggregate for local roading projects and the Christchurch rebuild, we are fortunate to have significant amounts of the resource around us and it is my view that land near residential areas and sensitive businesses is not the right location for quarries. I have been advocating on behalf of Yaldhurst residents who appear to have been badly affected by silica dust from quarrying activities in their neighbourhood, so I can fully appreciate why Templeton residents are very concerned about the proposal for a quarry to be located on Dawsons Rd. While the consent conditions for this sort of activity normally contain requirements around dust mitigation, it seems to me that in practice very little, if any, effective monitoring has in the past occurred to ensure consent conditions are being met and it has taken significant work to get appropriate monitoring of dust levels under way. It is important to understand that in all cases, the decision whether to grant consent for any quarry is one made by the local authority (the council) and not by the Government. Given that, as the local MP, I don’t control or have a say in these decisions. However, I firmly believe that such consents should always be notified so that residents can have their say, and I am pleased that Fulton Hogan has indicated this will be the case for the proposed Dawsons Rd quarry. I am also concerned that there are not proper minimum setback requirements for quarries in council plans (which set land use rules for the district). Amy Adams Selwyn MP ADVOCATE: Amy Adams has been speaking up on behalf of Yaldhurst residents who appear to have been badly affected by silica dust from quarrying in their neighbourhood. I understand that health and environmental organisations have determined that a setback of up to 500m should be maintained from any quarryingrelated activity to any residential property to minimise related impacts on residents. I agree with this and would like to see quarrying of greywacke where silica dust is present made a prohibited activity within 500m of residential properties. I have met with the mayors of both the Selwyn district and Christchurch city, and also with Environment Canterbury, and have raised my concerns with them about the appropriateness of allowing quarries near people’s homes. In addition to the impact on residents from the dust and heavy truck movements associated with the quarrying, this kind of activity could render land that could be appropriate for future housing developments or commercial purposes unusable for these purposes in the future. And so I encourage councils to consider the optimal long-term land use for any site when considering any quarrying application. While decisions will always remain in the control of local councils, rather than me as your MP, I can assure you I will continue to make my position clear on behalf of affected local residents and support them in having their concerns on this matter heard. •More Local Views, page 14 HEAT PUMP SALE NOW ON! Amazin’ Autumn Specials!! • We will offer you the best quality brands and option of heat pump for your home/business • Providing Heat Pump solutions for over 15 years to Cantabrians • We personally guarantee all our products & installs for 5 years (providing annual maintenance has been completed) Phone us today for your free consultation & quote 41A SHAKESPEARE RD, WALTHAM PHONE 03 366 0525 www.enviromaster.co.nz “A local team for local people” Free confident driving course for mature drivers Selwyn District Council and Age Concern offer free refresher driving courses throughout the Selwyn district. Upcoming courses: Monday 11 June, Lincoln. For more information and to book for the next course in your area, contact Age Concern on (03) 366 0903. Proudly supported by the Road Safety Team www.selwyn.govt.nz

SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi Wednesday May 16 2018 11 ROLLESTON If you think Bridgestone Rolleston does just tyres, you might be in for a surprise. While, of course, it is well-placed to solve any tyre-related problem, it is so much more. One hundred percent New Zealand owned and operated, and part of a large network of South Island tyre and mechanical repair specialists, Bridgestone Rolleston provides all manner of services for private car owners, fleet vehicles, farm and heavy equipment. Manager Tim Smith and his wife Coralyn head a team of nine full time tyre fitters, fleet servicemen, wheel alignment specialists and mechanics. Tim’s background is in the tyre industry as, among other things, a fleet serviceman and wheel alignment technician, and has been managing Bridgestone Rolleston for the last three years. Located on Jones Road, directly across the train tracks from the BP, Bridgestone Rolleston is part of one of New Zealand’s most trusted tyre brands. In addition to providing new tyres and servicing anything with a tyre on it, it provides many other services including WOF, oil changes and servicing. If you book a full service, the WOF is free. Some conditions apply, so talk to the team about that offer. As the colder months approach, Bridgestone Rolleston recommend several checks on your car, including tyre treads, batteries – they supply new batteries – and tyre pressure checks, which are free. While you are getting that done, you may want to discuss the benefits of nitrogen tyre inflation, which can give you better fuel economy, improved road grip, and longer lasting tyres. Other services include full grooming, a 24/7 call out service to change and fix flat tyres, car and truck wheel alignments, and they retread truck tyres. Retreads are cost effective and environmentally friendly. All tyres disposed of, however, are done so in an ethical manner. Farmlands members, Bridgestone Rolleston provide services to rural customers Selwyn-wide, including a no charge call out during business hours for farmers, and a 24/7 tyre service where some charges may apply. It honours AA Smartfuel cards and there are finance options available on all services and products, and the latest equipment and technology is used including full mechanical diagnostic scanning. At 847 Jones Road, bring in your car, have a complementary coffee and sit in the massage chair while you wait. Check out www.tasmantyres.co.nz or call Tim and the team on 0800 838 973. WINTER SPECIALS 265 x 65R17 Bridgestone Dueler 693 .........$170ea 215 x 60R16 Supercat ..........................................$110ea 205 x 55R16 Supercat .........................................$100ea 195 x 65R15 Supercat .............................................$95ea 205 x 65R15 Supercat .........................................$100ea 175 x 65R14 Supercat .............................................$85ea 175 x 70R13 Supercat .............................................$80ea Price includes Fitting, Balance and GST. While stocks last. Book a WOF Free with any vehicle engine service. Call 03 347 4702 or 0800 838 973 Mon - Fri 7.30am-5.00pm, Sat 9am - 12pm 847 Jones Rd, Rolleston | www.tasmantyres.co.nz Opposite Rolleston (across the railway tracks)