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Selwyn Times: July 11, 2018

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10 Wednesday July 11 2018 Latest Christchurch news at SELWYN TIMES Your Local Views Castle Hill villagers dress up up to celebrate solstice Castle Hill Community Association chairman Rob Murfitt talks about what’s happening in the area WHAT A sudden change of season. June saw winter arrive in no uncertain fashion. Snow showers in the village, cold nights and we are gearing up for a good season in the Craigieburn ski fields. Castle Hill villagers celebrated the solstice with a themed dinner, South of the Border. There was Mexican-South American cuisine, themed dress, music and dance. This continues a tradition in the village helped by the fact no one needs to drive home. The community hall is a focus of village life, used regularly for community gatherings for rugby match viewing, as well as special family events. In the village, a lot of effort has been put into consulting the community as to the future environmental goals in relation to the management of reserves. Trees once planted for diversity and character have grown over the last 40 years to the extent there is, for some, undue interference with views and light. As always, there are countervailing views and a balanced review is important. Of course, the need to manage pest species of trees needs to be achieved in tandem with the district council and Environment Canterbury. FESTIVITY: Castle Hill village marked the solstice with a South of the Border dinner. Playground features developed over the years are under review, too. The villagers value the planned informality of the play sites in the village, where children can “happen upon” various activities. We need to ensure the basic demands of safety do not destroy the opportunities for adventure and fun, which the children so enjoy at present. The village continues to grow and prosper, and new construction continues apace. This is a place which has the ability to blow one’s mind with the views, the sunsets, the recreational activities, and the serenity which comes from being in the heart of the high country. Gary Knight responds to an article about the Prebbleton Community Association committee buying a radar speed sign for Springs Rd To combat the affect of the vast increase of traffic through Prebbleton, the installation of the speed radar sign at the entrance to Prebbleton village is not only a pro-active step but bears testimony to the SLOW DOWN: Deputy Mayor Malcolm Lyall and Prebbleton Community Association committee chairman Peter Hunter point to the new radar speed sign installed to help with increased traffic in the township. ​ innovative thinking of local identities, Malcolm Lyall and Peter Hunter, for having been instrumental in actioning this decision. In spite of parochial views by some within the district council opposing the necessity of the placement of this sign, it is vital to ensure the safety of a most precious commodity – the 480 students at Prebbleton School. These sentiments would be reiterated by principal Kim Alexander. Talk with Mayor Sam Broughton Rolleston Networkers recently extended an invitation to Selwyn district businesses to attend a meeting on Tuesday 3rd July where Mayor Sam Broughton was guest speaker, he talked about life, ideals, mayoral role and plans for future growth and new infrastructure in areas of Selwyn; each designed for specific township needs. GOLD CARD LUNCHES MON - FRI Mayor Sam Broughton talking to The Rolleston Networkers group Rolleston Networkers meet every Tuesday 9am - 10am for a business networking meeting @ The Pedal Pusher, Faringdon. New and existing Selwyn Businesses are welcome to come along and join us for a coffee. tuesdays-9am-rolleston-group For more information call Maria 021 1812139 Mayor Sam Broughton, Marina Taylor, Maria Gold Woodfired Pizzas / Full Menu • $20 Pizzas Mon / Tues • $7 Beers 4-6pm Every day • Gaming Room • Tues Quiz Nights • $15 Burgers Wed • $15 Curry Thurs / Fri • Roasts every lunch and Sunday nights $22 • Takeaways Available • Open 7 days Coffee/Lunch/Dinner Open 11.30am Mon-Sat | Ph 03 421 6481 Sunday Breakfast from 9am West Melton Village, Weedons Ross Road Courtesy Van available

SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at Wednesday July 11 2018 11 To promote further safety awareness, maybe a continuance of this signage should be at the entrance to Prebbleton School from the Lincoln side, and at any other juncture that Mr Hunter or Cr Lyall would deem necessary. This would hopefully ensure the necessity that all entering Prebbleton observe the speed limits of this rural town. Readers respond to an article on plans for a walkway/cycleway between Glentunnel and Whitecliffs Lyn Gallagher – Having moved to Whitecliffs after the 2011 earthquake, I’ve been aware of a growing population out here, many of them younger families. From conversations with other locals, and my own experience, this proposal has been long awaited. A walkway/cycleway would mean families could walk or bike to the local Glentunnel store, cafe, pre-school and school safely without having to be ‘looking over their shoulder’ constantly at the threat of a truck or car coming up behind them. One mother and her two pre-school children had a very close shave with a truck recently. A walkway would also be an incentive for young mothers or fathers to take their babies out in a pram, something that would be unsafe at present. I feel the HEADLINERS: The Little River Band will play at Selwyn Sounds in March. walkway/cycleway would add a quality of life out here, and I feel a growing sense of excitement that this incentive may finally come to fruition. Sue Wragg – As a resident I strongly support a walkway/ cycleway between Glentunnel and Whitecliffs. I have cycled with my young grandson and often walked it. Certainly fast traffic and narrow corners to contend with. It would be used a great deal in summer when the camping ground is very popular, especially since there is both a shop and cafe in Glentunnel. Liana Pasco – I support the need for a track from NEW: The Flaming Rabbit manager Byron Mann at the recently opened bar and restaurant. PHOTOS: MARTIN HUNTER Whitecliffs to Glentunnel. We live on Whitecliffs Rd (up on the hills) and we have two young children. Our eldest is five and he quite often bikes all the way to Coalgate with his nan. It scares me that he is riding on the road and going around the sharp corners. Graham Burnip – I live in Glentunnel and drive to visit friends in Whitecliffs. I could easily bike this distance, but the traffic and winding road make it scarily dangerous. So I’d favour a path adjacent to the road sooner rather than later. While a formed track would be a good first step, an eventual bitumen surface would be ideal. Readers respond to an article announcing the line-up for Selwyn Sounds in March Danella Friend – No. I’ve been waiting so long to see Leo Sayer and now we are going to still be in Malaysia in 2019. Hopefully he can come back in 2020. Yvonne Stubbs – Jon Stevens why did you retire in the first place? Thanks for coming back for the fans. Glenn Guildford – Would be awesome to attend. Julie Davies – Legends. Kay Dawe – Awesome. Readers respond to an article about how Lincoln now has four bars within 1km of each other Wendy Anne Cornish – Looks like they all have a point of difference, and all the best to each of them. Great to see Martin Bennett brewing great beers still. Shame the Tea House has gone and morphed into something different. Such a lovely, special place to go for high tea when it was the Tea House. Stephen Graham – Sounds like a great fun place to me. Choice within walking distance. Excellent. Rhonda Chapman – The Flaming Rabbit is great. Light up the night with More FM Mata Riki Parade FREE! Saturday 21 July, 4:30pm–6.30pm Meet in Cathedral Square Parade departs 5:30pm Loads of FREE family entertainment and spot prizes! Drop into any library to create your own lantern to bring it along! Road closed Cambridge Tce Avon River Worcester St Oxford Tce Hereford St Cashel St Bridge of Remembrance Cathedral Square START