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Selwyn Times: May 16, 2018

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4 Wednesday May 16 2018 Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi News Joint review to address speed limits •From page 1 At the meeting, district councillor Craig Watson said while he had no concerns over the draft speed bylaw he raised concerns over the timing of the reviews. “We have just come off a speed review which didn’t go awesome . . . I just think this is confusing for the public,” he said. His views were supported by district councillors Nicole Reid and Murray Lemon who said it was at “risk of muddying the waters.” As a result it was decided both reviews would go out to public consultation together in August. But confusion broke out around the council table when the district council’s assets manager Murray Washington raised the issue of the current Speed Limit Bylaw 2006 lapsing. The bylaw lapsed in 2016 but had two years until it officially expires. It was questioned if the bylaw lapsed would there be no law in place and people could do whatever they want on the roads. But it was confirmed by chief executive David Ward if the bylaw lapses it holds and changes cannot be made to the speed limits when it expired until it is renewed. • By Eddy Bramley RESIDENTS OF a Prebbleton subdivision have been left frustrated after finding themselves in a fibre broadband dead spot. A section of Lindsay Drive was not included in broadband company Enable’s original fibre coverage plan that rolled out last year. Fibre cable was included in a recent extension of the road for a new subdivision which has left a small zone of 20 houses in the middle of the street unconnected. Greg Cook, a resident of Lindsay Drive whose house is inside the dead spot said the situation was frustrating. “It’s really annoying because virtually all of Prebbleton has fibre except for our little zone. No one seems to be taking responsibility for the problem.” Enable initially told Mr Cook that his household would be part of another upcoming fibre roll out, however, the company recently confirmed that it is not contracted to install fibre in his area and advised him to speak to the secondary network provider Chorus. When Mr Cook spoke to Chorus they said they were unable to help. FRUSTRATED: Prebbleton resident Greg Cook has been waiting three years to have the high-speed fibre optic cable installed to his home on Lindsay Drive. PHOTO: EDDY BRAMLEY ​ Local News Now Fibre dead spot frustrates residents Don’t let ashes start a fire! SELWYN TIMES Fire rages, homes at risk Mr Cook works from home and relies on high speed internet for conference calls to Auckland and Bangkok. He said no connection to high speed internet has made life extremely difficult. Enable is owned by Christchurch City Holdings, the commercial arm of the city council. It began a roll-out across Christchurch in 2011, however, it didn’t reach Prebbleton until early 2017. Internet New Zealand outreach and engagement director Andrew Cushen said the situation was difficult as fibre networks were supposed to give everyone in the candidate area access to connectivity but new developments were not necessarily part of the deal. “The onus is on the fibre network to be clear with residents on whether their homes are in the connected area. The original roll-out map is clear but you have to assume that new developments will be built and they will need access as well.” Ninety-five per cent of the Enable cable is now installed across Christchurch giving 180,000 homes and businesses access. 70,000 homes are connected so far. When asked why the section on Lindsay Drive wasn’t originally included in the plan, Enable head of communications Daniel Herd admitted that they could have been clearer about how residents could get connected. “We admit that good information hasn’t been given throughout their inquiry with us. We’re now going through the process of seeing whether it’s commercially viable to provide network access in that area and that is what we should have done from the start.” Here are some handy tips on how to dispose of ash safely: Put ash in a metal bucket with a lid, then douse with water and leave to cool for at least five days Bag cold ash and place it in the red lid rubbish bin No ash in the organics bins Hot ash can cause fires in bins and trucks. Fires in bins can spread to houses. www.selwyn.govt.nz

SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi Wednesday May 16 2018 5 HORNCASTLE ARENA June 29 - July 1 10AM - 5PM TICKETS ONLINE: starhomeshow.kiwi River working group formed • By Emily O’Connell A WORKING group has been set up to address ongoing issues with the Selwyn River/ Waikirikiri. Selwyn Waihora Zone Committee member Paul Hodgson, who joined the committee earlier this year in attempt to make a difference to the district’s water quality issues, is behind the plan. He made a presentation to the committee in April on why a group needed to be formed and the need to develop a plan to restore the river. The working group, which was established at a recent committee meeting, includes Mr Hodgson, committee members Les Wanhalla, Ron Pellow, Iaean Cranwell and district councillor Murray Lemon. Other members include Canterbury University Waterways Centre for Freshwater Management’s Katie Nimmo, Fish and Game’s Scott Pearson, Forest and Bird, Selwyn Waihora Water Improvement Mission, farmers, Runanga, Department of Conservation and community members. The terms of reference, which outlines the two stages of the proposed work programme, has been presented to the committee. Stage one will have a technical focus, describing the state of the river including historical records, determining available data, what a healthy Selwyn River would look like and how this compares with its current state. Stage two will see the working group in deliberations to identify the factors which influence the state of the river, a state of the river which is acceptable and a road map and time frame for PLANS: A working group has been be set up to establish a plan for improving the Selwyn River/ Waikirikiri. ​ getting to this state. The first stage is expected to be completed next year and stage two will be started in 2020. Zone committee chairman Allen Lim said other people are likely to join the working group and then the Terms of Reference will be finalised. “Basically it got approved within the first couple of minutes so it was a well written Terms of Reference and no further changes needed to be made on it,” he said. The plan aims to combat community concerns not resolved at a Environment Canterbury water seminar series last year. ECan ran a series of seminars to reduce tensions between residents over how water issues in the Selwyn-Waihora catchment are managed. •Mr Hodgson hopes to engage the community in the project and is wanting anyone with historic photos or information on the river to get in touch. Email hodgie538@gmail.com or phone 021 196 5676. In Brief ROAD NAMED The district council has approved Bruce McLaren Way as the name for a road in the CI Services subdivision in Rolleston. The alternative name suggestion was Monarch Pl. Both names have the approval of Land Information New Zealand. MOTORSPORT EVENT Zig Zag Rd, from the intersection with Rakaia Gorge Rd to the intersection with Coleridge Rd, will be closed between 9am–5.30pm on Sunday for the Rakaia Zig Zag Sprint, motorsport event. Detours will be in place. CD VOLUNTEERS NEEDED The district council is looking for volunteers to become part of the Civil Defence welfare team. Volunteers will be trained to open and run a welfare centre and provide welfare support to the community during emergency events. Roles may include registering and identifying needs of people coming into the welfare centre. The council is hosting a public open night on Tuesday from 7pm at the council chambers. For more information, phone the council’s emergency management team on 347 2800. COME ON IN TO FIND YOUR REASON TO STAY At the heart of Lincoln OPEN 7 DAYS • 03 325 2408 famousgrousehotel.co.nz “We always felt valued and that our interests and enquiries were paramount” Brett & Helen Phone: 03 348 1994 www.peterrayhomes.co.nz “We were very impressed with your flexibility, allowing us to put in our own design touches” Kate & Guy