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Selwyn Times: June 20, 2018

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4 Wednesday June 20 2018 Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi SELWYN TIMES News Feathers still ruffled over Squawk St • By Emily O’Connell ONE LAST bird call sounded as the district council renamed Rolleston’s Squawk St. Squawk St was among Feather Place, Claw Place and Pallid Green as some of the quirky bird names to feature at the new Falcon’s Landing subdivision, located off Lincoln-Rolleston Rd. At its meeting on Wednesday, the district council approved renaming it to Territory St, which was one of the alternate names submitted previously. The developer, Gillman Wheelans, suggested the change “after the discussion that was generated in local papers.” Mayor Sam Broughton admitted he may have been wrong about the naming of the street. “I will note that those who were looking forward to moving into Squawk St will now have to find an alternative location,” he said. Mr Broughton said he was pleased to see the developer agreed with district councillors Jeff Bland and Nicole Reid who had voted against the name previously. Bus success to go back to ECan • By Emily O’Connell THE $7500 Selwyn Link project has been deemed a success. On Wednesday, the Selwyn Youth Council presented a report on the project, which included its findings, to the district council. The free nine-stop bus service ran over two days in April and transported a total of 557 people. Buses travelled between Southbridge and Darfield and Darfield to Southbridge, via Rolleston. Youth council research identified Southbridge, Leeston, Doyleston, Darfield, Kirwee, and West Melton as key stops on the trial route, with connections in Rolleston. The route was designed after consultation with students from Ellesmere College and Darfield High School. Youth council member Taylin Smith said it was “pleasantly surprised with the turnout.” “The amazing thing was that by the stop in Leeston, the bus was so full that we had to turn a handful of people down who were happy to wait for the next bus,” she said. Youth council member INFORMATION: Selwyn Youth Council chairwoman Paige Sullivan (left), members Katelyn Twiss, Taylin Smith and Michelle Bruce presenting their Selwyn Link report to the district council on Wednesday. Michelle Bruce said the district the results of the trial and INVEST are Although a date for the meeting with ECan hasn’t been set already has pre-existing facilities excited for the next phase of the for buses, it just doesn’t SALE have Selwyn Link project,” she said. yet, it’s hoped it will be in the buses. A total of 83 people boarded next month or two. 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SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi Wednesday June 20 2018 5 Quarry, properties space bid • By Emily O’Connell and Anan Zaki ANTI-TEMPLETON quarry campaigner Simon Moore has thrown his support behind having a set distance between quarries and properties. The Selwyn District Plan Committee has decided to include setbacks in the district plan but it will not specify how far away a quarry must be from a property. “That’s exactly what we want. The only problem is the district plan can take long to happen. “At the moment, it’s a joke, if we got 500m it would be a start,” he said. Mr Moore (right) said he preferred a 1km setback but “anything was better than nothing”. “I just don’t think for example, the people moving to Rolleston, West Melton and Lincoln realise that under the current rules a quarry could be plonked next to one of the new subdivisions.” However, district councillor Craig Watson believes a setback distances should have been included. Cr Watson said there should be a 500m setback from “points of interest” such as houses, and a 250m setback from properties. “For me, this is an opportunity for us to be stronger as a council and say ‘look we understand the significance of quarrying and it’s important but also understand it’s really hard if you’re close so here’s one way to make this work and that’s having setbacks,’ “ he said. Cr Watson said his numbers came from decisions made by other councils. Meanwhile, Selwyn MP Amy Adams has found a way for Templeton residents opposed to the proposed Fulton Hogan quarry to get potential information at no cost. Residents opposing the quarry were told by Environment Canterbury in March that it would cost $2356 to process their Official Information Request. However, Ms Adams said on Wednesday that she would use her powers as an MP to help residents avoid fees. “Generally MP’s are not charged, so I have offered residents who are told they will face a substantial charge ... to have me seek the information on their behalf to see if we can avoid extra cost in this way,” she said. Ms Adams said fees were a barrier for people seeking official information. Templeton Residents Association chairman Garry Kilday welcomed Ms Adams offer. He met with ECan officials last Monday about OIA fees and hoped ECan would not charge for future requests, following the meeting. “Both Selwyn District Council and Christchurch City have said the information we request is free, so it looks like is coming to the party as well. “They said we have to shorten our time periods down for OIA requests. If we do it one year at a time, they said we will get the information,” Mr Kilday said. But if there was a fee involved, residents would take up Ms Adams offer, he said. 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