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Selwyn Times: May 23, 2018

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2 Wednesday May 23 2018 Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi from the reporter’s desk It’s not surprising Templeton residents are fearful after seeing what’s happened in Yaldhurst recently (see page 1). Environment Canterbury has given Road Metals permission to expand one of its quarries. On a positive note, the Halswell-Hornby-Riccarton Community Board has given the Templeton Residents’ Association $6000 for its fight against the proposed quarry. On page 3 you’ll read about the construction of the new pavilion at Weedons Reserve. With the clubrooms now demolished, the district council has indicated the new facility will be built in the next few weeks. But Weedons Residents’ Association secretary Gary Doyle still has questions about who is paying for it and how much. - Emily O’Connell New principal settles in Page 14 Rehearsals under way SELWYN TIMES Irish eyes are smiling on Ellesmere College Ronan Bass talks about the head role at his new school. Lincoln High gears up for production Students take to the stage in a light-hearted comedy which has all the hallmarks of being a memorable show. 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 Emily O’Connell Ph: 364 7497 emily.oconnell@ starmedia.kiwi Georgia O’Connor-Harding Ph: 364 7438 georgia.oconnor@ starmedia.kiwi ADVERTISING Lynette Evans Ph: 364 7434 lynette.evans@starmedia.kiwi Page 17 Community event Simultaneous storytime Go to any Selwyn Library today from 1.30pm and listen to a story which will be read nationwide and in Australia simultaneously. Page 35 The best-read local newspaper, delivered to 20,015 homes, RDs and farms every Wednesday Ladbrooks, Tai Tapu, Leeston, Lincoln, Southbridge, Prebbleton, Halswell, Rolleston, Templeton, Burnham, West Melton, Darfield, Kirwee, Arthur’s Pass. fall in Love with your favourite furniture all over again. 30 YEARS EXCELLENT RANGE OF FABRICS EXPERIENCEFREE Recover your couches and chairs and save money! BEFORE AFTER 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 ROLLESTON LAW Rolleston Office: 78A Rolleston Drive, Rolleston Darfield Office: Darfield Business Hub, 68 South Terrace W: www.meareswilliams.co.nz T: (03) 374 2547 M: 021 148 6221 Richard Gray E: rcg@meareswilliams.co.nz Anita Molloy-Roberts E: am@meareswilliams.co.nz Kate Warren E: kcw@meareswilliams.co.nz Winter Driving Use your lights

SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi Wednesday May 23 2018 3 News HORNCASTLE ARENA June 29 - July 1 10AM - 5PM TICKETS ONLINE: starhomeshow.kiwi Pavilion work to start soon In Brief BLAZE IN DARFIELD HOUSE Firefighters were called to a house • By Emily O’Connell fire at 7.25pm in Darfield last Wednesday. Darfield chief fire officer Alan Kittely said it’s not PROPOSED: known what caused the blaze on Weedons Kimberley Rd yet. He said no-one Residents’ was in the house at the time. Mr Association secretary Gary Kittely said parts of the house are Doyle (left) at “pretty well damaged.” It took Weedons Reserve firefighters from Darfield, Kirwee where the new and Coalgate about two hours to community extinguish the blaze. pavilion (below) will be built. CONSTRUCTION OF the new community pavilion at Weedons Reserve is expected to start within the next few weeks. This follows the demolition of the existing clubrooms last week. A budget of about $800,000 is estimated for the new pavilion, with discussions ongoing for more than eight years. A district council spokesman said discussions regarding sports clubs’ contributions towards capital and operational costs are ongoing. But Weedons Residents’ Association secretary Gary Doyle doesn’t know how the district council can go ahead with plans without a budget in place. “How can you start a building without knowing where the money is coming from,” he said. However, Weedons Cricket Club junior club captain Ross Clarke confirmed both the tennis and cricket clubs would be contributing to the new facility. “Probably not at this stage [able to say how much it is contributing], but it is in the thousands,” he said. Weedons ratepayers are currently paying $14 per year towards the new pavilion and $80 towards the recreation reserve fee. Mr Doyle said ratepayers were initially paying $54 per year until he argued against it and the amount was reduced to $14. The district council’s major projects property manager John Reid said the building will include a lounge, a small kitchen, two dressing rooms and some public toilet facilities. The tennis courts have been moved and realigned to allow for a larger cricket oval for the Weedons Cricket Club as part of the community pavilion redevelopment. Information from the district council’s corporate services manager Greg Bell said the tennis court upgrade cost $162,601 plus GST and 65 per cent of this is estimated to have come from ratepayers. The new community pavilion is expected to be completed in October and the area will be fenced off during this time. However, access to the tennis courts and golf course should not be affected. •HAVE YOUR SAY: What are your thoughts on the new community pavilion? Email your views to emily.oconnell@ starmedia.kiwi. VEHICLE FIRE Firefighters were called to contain a vehicle fire at 9.30pm last Wednesday on Southbridge Leeston Rd. Southbridge chief fire officer Donald McMillan said it’s still unknown how the vehicle caught fire. He said units from Southbridge and Leeston both attended. Mr McMillan said the sole occupant of the vehicle was taken away by ambulance and it’s believed the man may have been treated for a medical condition. Meanwhile, firefighters were called to a rural shed fire on Dunsandel and Brookside Rd at about 9.30pm last Monday. Dunsandel chief fire officer Ian Chatterson said units from Southbridge, Leeston, Lincoln and Dunsandel attended the “fully involved” fire. It took firefighters about two hours to contain the blaze. Noone was injured. See your Orthodontist in Rolleston Orthodontist Phil Murfitt is based at the Rolleston Dental Centre on Tennyson Street, opposite Rolleston School. Appointments/enquiries: 03 375 4418 www.philmurfitt.co.nz HON AMY ADAMS MP FOR SELWYN Working hard for our communities If you would like to sign up for my newsletter please visit: www.amyadams.co.nz CONTACT P 03 344 0418 E selwynoffice@parliament.govt.nz Funded by the Parliamentary Service and authorised by Amy Adams, 829 Main South Road, Templeton, Christchurch. COME ON IN WITH YOUR MATES At the heart of Lincoln OPEN 7 DAYS • 03 325 2408 famousgrousehotel.co.nz “Our home was created based on a dynamic and very enjoyable collaboration.” Alexis & Gabrielle Phone: 03 348 1994 www.peterrayhomes.co.nz “The end result is a house that has exceeded our expectations.” Alan & Gail