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Selwyn Times: May 16, 2018

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14 Latest Christchurch news at Your Local Views Weedons Residents’ Association secretary Gary Doyle talks about roading issues in the area. Wednesday May 16 2018 Roads can’t cope with traffic increase ROADING AND general traffic issues have long been a bone of contention in the Selwyn district. In the past, the district council would receive funding from central Government based on certain criteria. To obtain this funding, it was necessary to achieve a ‘benefit cost radio’ – known as BCR for short – of four. During my term on the district council, we rapidly achieved sealing all roads in the district that reached this level. Then, due to the foresight of previous councils, we were able to fully fund the sealing of even more roads down to a BCR of two. Now, while this was seen by many as a massive step forward, it came with ongoing issues. Sealed roads are easier to drive on and will always be better than shingle roads, but they require maintenance, and this is costly. It also meant that the vast majority of the roads so treated were only done to the bare legal width. As a result, this has raised serious concerns as the traffic STRUGGLING: Like many roads in the district, Maddisons Rd is not coping with the increase in traffic. patterns have changed. We now see heavy traffic using roads on a regular basis that were not designed for them. By that I mean the sub-strata had not been compacted for it, nor is there the width for heavy vehicles to pass safely. One road in question is Maddisons Rd. Moves to have a white line painted down the centre were continually stalled by council staff, with the argument that the road was not wide enough for there to be a legal white centre line. There is currently such a line, but when it is realised that heavy vehicle movements have greatly increased, along with the increase in cyclists, such cases are accidents waiting to happen. SELWYN TIMES HORNCASTLE ARENA June 29 - July 1 10AM - 5PM TICKETS ONLINE: Readers react to the potential for Selwyn ratepayers to contribute to Christchurch’s planned sports and events arena Philip Battersby – No, Selwyn ratepayers should not fund the Christchurch stadium. Christchurch city council should fund its own ventures. What do they do for Selwyn district? Gary Knight – As the controversial topic of ratepayer funding for sporting complexes evolves as a platform of debate and forum of opinion, rationale must prevail. Projected at $496 million, the cost of the sport and events arena, even if subsidised between the Crown and city council, would still leave an obvious shortfall or required funding. This stadium will be patronised by many in districts including Dunsandel, Hurunui, Selwyn and Waimakiriri and also in Christchurch. It is therefore vital that a precise consultation process be enacted in order for ratepayers in these areas to have the opportunity to appraise the viability or their rates being utilised as funding for this regional sport facility. These sentiments are reiterated by many. magazine designer clothing New & exclusive Zephyr instore now! Sizes 10 - 26 Windmill Centre, 188 Clarence Street Riccarton, Christchurch Phone 021 686 929 The magazine for gardeners who like To geT Their hands dirTy 100% HON AMY ADAMS MP FOR SELWYN Working hard for our communities If you would like to sign up for my newsletter please visit: CONTACT P 03 344 0418 E Funded by the Parliamentary Service and authorised by Amy Adams, 829 Main South Road, Templeton, Christchurch.

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