4 months ago

Selwyn Times: July 04, 2018

18 Wednesday

18 Wednesday July 4 2018 Latest Christchurch news at Your Local Views SELWYN TIMES NEW: Deputy Mayor Malcolm Lyall and Prebbleton community association committee chairman Peter Hunter with a new radar speed sign which has been installed to help slow traffic in the area. ​ Mike Green responds to an article about the Prebbleton community association committee buying a radar speed sign for Springs Rd Mike Green – Have just read the article in the Selwyn Times regarding speed signs. Unfortunately I have experienced their ineffectiveness around Selwyn, namely Brookside Rd and Dunns Crossing Rd near the new school. Many times I have witnessed cars approaching these signs in excess of the 50km/h to be flashed at with the sign saying ‘slow down’. At least eight out of 10 cars take no notice whatsoever. The sign keeps flashing as these cars approach with no slowing until they pass the sign and the process starts all over again when the next car approaches. Being long straight roads the signs pick up motorists at a good distance, but in spite of the slow down flashing it is obvious that many motorists couldn’t give a damn. Now if they thought that a camera would catch them along with a fine, then they might slow down, but unfortunately too many motorists know that won’t happen and are happy to break the speed limit. Until motorists can see a financial deterrent, such as a fine and points, then these signs are not going to slow them down. They will remain anti-social. Happy to be proved wrong but I’ve seen it too many times. District council environmental services manager Tim Harris responds to an article about the Templeton Quarry The article ‘Quarry, properties space bid’ (June 20, 2018) is factually incorrect on a significant element. The story asserts that “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”. This is not the case. The committee has in fact requested only that setbacks be included as a possible option in forthcoming consultation with stakeholders and the wider community. No decision has been made on whether setbacks will be included in the final District Plan. The process of reviewing the Selwyn District Plan is currently at the stage of preparing preferred option reports on a variety of topics, including quarrying. Initial public consultation on these topics will be carried out in the second half this year, and further consultation will take place when the proposed District Plan is formally notified, expected to be in early 2020. Readers respond to an article about the district council likely to review funding for a cycleway/ walkway between Glentunnel and Whitecliffs Rosalie Snoyink – Bringing forward the Whitecliffs to Glentunnel shared cycle/walkway into the district council’s 2020/21 budget is a welcome idea. It will link up the existing, popular Coalgate to Glentunnel cycle/ walkway. I’m amazed at the pedestrian and cycling traffic using the Coalgate to Glentunnel facility since its completion. As a more “senior” cyclist, I often bike from Glentunnel to Coalgate, and now look forward to biking to Whitecliffs on a similar, safe, scenic cycleway. Laura Williams – I’m thrilled that the Glentunnel/Whitecliffs route is getting more attention. It’s a really dangerous stretch and I’ve seen a lot of near misses so I’m uncomfortable biking or walking there to visit friends. I hate to think of kids making their way to school around those blind corners. It’s a massive safety hazard so should definitely take precedence. John Geary reacts to the district council’s decision to support an online voting trial in principle John Geary – Just a thought – after the census problems with our elderly folk not always computer literate, why not post out postal forms to all voters over 65, giving them the option? Montessori & Early Childhood Preschool • We Offer a Friendly, Fun and supportive environment – only 5 minutes from Rolleston. • We believe that Tamariki thrive in a peaceful, structured and caring environment, full of fun and challenges. • We Offer focused, balanced curriculums that prepare Tamariki for the next step in their learning journey. • We value diversity within our Tamariki and their whānau and this is reflected in our whānau focused philosophy. • We have 3 well resourced classrooms, caring for Tamariki from 6 weeks to 6 years of age. We are proud of our large, natural playgrounds that offer challenges for all ages. Call in to visit us today, meet the teachers and have a look around our school ENROL NOW FOR 2018 Since the early ‘80s, artist Ashley Smith has lived and worked from a crumbling, windswept headland on the North Canterbury coast. He bought the land after discovering, during the course of a six year global odyssey, that his juices liked being near the sea and were most stimulated by his home region’s crazy weather patterns. “The sudden shifts of life’s flow passing through and around us; culturally, meteorologically, personally, always have the power to surprise. You’re an island nation of pristine waters and clamorous birdcall when a sail broaches the horizon… You glance up from an endless summer to find a rampaging southerly bearing down on you. …A young family-man, raising a home on a rural headland, a moment’s distraction and suddenly you’re an old, bald bloke rummaging for the car keys and your friend’s name…” Ashley Smith Ashley Smith hopes these paintings, from a milestone period of his life will, like life’s gearshifts, have the power to surprise.” Ashley Smith inds of Change 7 JULY – 1 AUGUST For enrolments please contact Jasmine or Kylie on 347-6161 Visit us at 643 Burnham School Road Download forms from Main Rd, Little River | 03 325 1944

SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at Wednesday July 4 2018 19 Community centre ‘exciting news’ Bill Woods responds to a district council decision on hall rates Just to let you know that I am really annoyed about the district council proceeding with its proposal to place a standard rate on all halls and reserves. The council claims this rate is more equitable but if you have a look at the figures, it only benefits the towns that have large payments on their halls. Those towns had a ballot to proceed with their hall and now they want the rest of the district to pay for their selfimposed debts. The proposal is not fair on the towns that have paid for their halls in the past and the committees which run them work hard to keep the rates for their hall as low as possible. I have canvassed only a couple of people but so far there is real opposition to the rate. Hororata Community Trust executive officer Cindy Driscoll talks about what’s going on in the community RECENTLY WE heard the exciting news that the new Hororata Community Centre to be built on the Hororata Domain has been included in the district council’s Long Term Plan. This project is the result of a collaborative effort between the Hororata Community Trust and Go Hororata, a collective group of community organisations which have worked together to develop the community centre concept and present it to the district council. The Hororata Domain is a wonderful venue for all sorts of activities and annual events run by different community groups, including the Hororata Pig and Possum Hunt, Hororata Swap Meet, Hororata Parish Spring Fair and the Hororata Highland Games. These events, along with others held throughout our district, are part of the fabric of the community and make the area a great place to live and visit. The new community centre will enhance existing events and provide more opportunities for different activities, as well as a facility to enable our communities to congregate. This year’s Hororata Night Glow, staged by the Hororata Community Trust, proved yet again what our communities can achieve. One of the main aims of the night glow was to establish the festival as a major contributor to the fundraising for the new Hororata Community Centre. The Hororata Community Trust feels this aim has been achieved and is looking to grow the event in the future. Now the community centre is LIGHT UP: Hororata Community Trust executive officer Cindy Driscoll talks about the night glow and what else the community can look forward to. PHOTO: MURRAY IRWIN confirmed, we are turning our efforts to more detailed planning which will include community consultation. The Hororata Community Trust is excited to be part of Go Hororata, and looks forward to helping bring this project to fruition. It’s an exciting time for our communities. •Keep up with all the events and news from Hororata communities by following the Hororata Facebook page or visiting 9 – 13 JULY DAILY SESSIONS 10am, 12pm & 2pm for Toddlers & Kids SCHOOL HOLIDAY SEABOUND ADVENTURE FUN Join us for exciting FREE children’s craft workshops these school holidays at Dress-Smart. Book now at CHRISTCHURCH 409 Main South Road, Hornby Open 10am-5pm, 7 Days 03 349 5750