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Selwyn Times: June 20, 2018

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12 Wednesday June 20 2018 Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi Your Local Views Readers react to an article about convicted killer John Oliver Jamieson’s crash into the Rolleston dog park Judy Stewart – And they want to relax bail laws. Why? Megan Rossiter – New Zealand justice system winning again. Karen Drummond – Fleeing police, what a stupid man. Arran Stewart – Easy to judge from distance, Subaru’s suck from the start. IMPACT: The aftermath of John Oliver Jamieson’s high speed crash. District councillor Grant Miller talks about the impact of the recent Long Term Plan decisions on the district PLANS: District councillor Grant Miller talks about recent LTP decisions including the extension of the Selwyn Aquatic Centre. PHOTO: GEOFF SLOAN MORE AND more often when I travel around Selwyn I am hearing “what about us?” The heartland communities of Selwyn are increasingly saying to me “how about investing in my town rather than send every rating dollar to Rolleston?” And on the face of it, when you look at our recently released LTP document, you could well agree with their thoughts. Indoor sports stadium, $21 million; Selwyn Aquatic Centre extension $12 million; Rolleston Library and Community Centre, $19 million; Rolleston Town Centre upgrade, council offices extension and a health hub building. While we would all agree that Rolleston has faced explosive growth post-earthquake and requires additional public facilities to cope with this, our heartland towns have also been undergoing a quiet renaissance and increasingly are in need of district council investment. I particularly think of Leeston, which has a strong community, good schools, a business community that is prepared to reinvest in the town (Crate and Barrel, RD1, and the new Tire and Auto build being examples). The district council has made a small investment to assist Lakeland Art establishing on the main street, but the lack of a functional community centre is really holding back the town. Currently, the district council is proposing to build a new community centre in Leeston in 2025/26. It is my belief that this project should be brought forward to assist this community. Having been involved with the recent rebuild of the Tai Tapu Community Centre, I can realistically advise that from the first community meeting to the unlocking of the new building can take between 24-36 months. Darfield and its satellite towns are also enjoying a period of growth, which could further be SELWYN TIMES HORNCASTLE ARENA June 29 - July 1 10AM - 5PM TICKETS ONLINE: starhomeshow.kiwi Investing in ‘heartland communities’ enhanced when the CPW irrigation scheme becomes operational in spring. Some key concerns for these communities are accessible services and quality infrastructure, particularly water services and roads. The district council has made very good progress since the introduction of district-wide water rates which improved the source, treatment, and distribution networks. Post-Havelock North, this work has been under increased scrutiny and will rightly remain so. Under our current road sealing policy we will continue to have large portions of our district served by gravel roads. If this is to be so, then we should strive to have the best quality gravel roads in New Zealand. Dust, of course, is an ongoing issue. But width, camber, and pot holes are all maintenance issues we should strive to do better on. SpringSton – Canterbury Boutique Accommodation & Culinary Experiences For pricing, more information and to book, visit our website www.chateaupritchard.co.nz 434 Collins Rd, Springston, Canterbury P 022 358 1690 E info@chateaupritchard.co.nz

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