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Selwyn Times: September 05, 2018

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2 Wednesday September 5 2018 Latest Christchurch news at get in touch from the editor’s desk YOUNG PEOPLE, speed, cars and not wearing a seat belt. How often to do they conspire to cause tragedy? On page 6 and 7 today, we talk to Alex Brown, the survivor of the Boxing Day 2016 crash near Lake Ellesmere. He was in the backseat and decided on a gut feeling to put his seat belt on. Three other young people were not so fortunate. Lives ended far too early. Their families left with endless grieving. Alex has also shed some light on what happened at the lake on that fateful night. But whether they were chased by another vehicle remains a mystery. On another note, congratulations to Canterbury Country and Greenpark A (pages 33, 34, 35). Just hand over the Craw Shield! - Barry Clarke GENERAL ENQUIRIES Ph 379 7100 CLASSIFIED ADVERTISING Ph 379 1100 Star Media, a division of Allied Press Ltd PO box 1467, Christchurch NEWS Emily O’Connell Ph: 364 7497 emily.oconnell@ Georgia O’Connor-Harding Ph: 364 7438 georgia.oconnor@ ADVERTISING Lynette Evans Ph: 364 7434 news Springston builder’s success Find out how Josh Farrar-de Wagt did in the Central South Island Registered Master Builders CARTERS 2018 Apprentice of the Year competition. Page 4 our people 17 and already a first responder Cameron Moffat talks about being the youngest firefighter in the Rolleston volunteer brigade. Pages 28 &29 community events New to mahjong? Head down to Lincoln Library between 1-3pm on Tuesday and learn how to play the tile-based game. Page 43 SELWYN TIMES 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. Mr Mobility SCooTer Sale 35% oFF NoW $3,495 Trade-in oK Free Home Trial Call Now! 0204 100 2737 Bowranda PATIO ROOF For a free Measure & Quote PH 0800 26 26 20 ⚫ Achieve your outdoor vision ⚫ A permanent, sheltered outdoor space ⚫ Eliminates 99% of harmful UV light – maintains ambient light ⚫ Options to customise and enclose with outdoor blinds ⚫ Immediately increase the value of your home ⚫ Frame constructed of powder-coated aluminium & stainless steel ⚫ Square profile exhibits aesthetic conformity with NZ residential architecture ⚫ Manufactured to clients custom specifications & dimensions

SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at Wednesday September 5 2018 3 News • By Emily O’Connell A RESIDENT fed up with speeding vehicles on Hamptons Rd has taken measures into his own hands. Tom Gilmour has made speedrelated signs and placed them on roadside posts and power poles in a bid to get drivers to slow down. “I thought they were a wee bit tacky looking and wee bit last minute but I felt like something needed to be done,” he said. Mr Gilmour says he’s concerned about his daughter’s safety and the noise vehicles make when they are “howling” down the road. He’s lived on Hamptons Rd for about a year and says he’s seen an increase in vehicles driving past, especially trucks, and in peak hours. “I don’t know if that is the case or if its always been the case and I’m starting to realise it now,” Mr Gilmour said. Although he’s not sure the signs have made an impact yet, Mr Gilmour says speed bumps or the installation of a footpath along the side of the road may help with the issue. He said lowering the speed limits on the road, which are currently 60km/h and 80km/h, probably wouldn’t make a difference. District council road safety co-ordinator Peter Daly said the issues of drivers exceeding speed limits is on “roads generally” and not restricted to Prebbleton or Hamptons Rd. He said the Prebbleton Community Association’s radar speed sign, which is currently on Springs Rd, is going to be rotated between different sites in the town. INTERNATIONAL “Hamptons Rd can be one of those. The association is to send through its desired locations and we will have our maintenance contractor install the ground socket and relocate the sign,” Mr Daly said. The sign, which cost about $8500, aims to help with increased traffic through Prebbleton. Mr Daly said police are responsible for enforcement of speed limits and the district council’s responsible for setting Comedy Night Resident’s bid to lower speed on Hamptons Rd HON AMY ADAMS MP FOR SELWYN Working hard for our communities Lincoln Event Centre SATURDAY 6 OCTOBER ISSUE: Hamptons Rd resident Tom Gilmore, upset with speeding traffic, has put up his own sign. those limits and informing the public of what they are. “People have responsibility for the speed they drive at. This is the biggest problem,” he said. The district council, along with other Canterbury councils, is planning a promotional campaign on excess speed for later in the year. •HAVE YOUR SAY: Is speeding an issue in Prebbleton? Email your views to emily.oconnell@ ON SALE NOW In Brief VEHICLE FIRE Firefighters were called to extinguish a vehicle fire on Tancreds Rd in Lincoln at 9pm last Tuesday. Lincoln chief fire officer Jeremy Greenwood said the cause of the blaze is unknown, but he believes the vehicle was abandoned. He said it took 20min to extinguish the blaze, which “destroyed” the vehicle. LINCOLN ATM GONE An ANZ automated teller machine on Gerald St in Lincoln has been removed due to its low use. An ANZ spokeswoman said it has no plans to replace it as there are other ATMs in the area. “It’s important to remember that, since earlier this year, bank customers can use any other banks’ ATMs without having to pay a fee,” the ANZ spokeswoman said. RAIL TRAIL OPENING The Lincoln Community Committee and Christchurch Little River Rail Trail Trust will open the final part of the rail trail through Lincoln at 10am on Sunday. The bridge is south of Liffey Springs by the tennis courts on Liffey Springs Drive. People can take their bikes so they can ride from the bridge to Moirs Lane. If you would like to sign up for my newsletter please visit: CONTACT P 03 344 0418 E Fujitsu Heat Pumps Installed from $1990 + GST Fujitsu accredited air conditioning specialists LOVE YOUR HEARING Funded by the Parliamentary Service and authorised by Amy Adams, 829 Main South Road, Templeton, Christchurch. Website: Choosing better hearing aid services Brenna Sincock is Rolleston & Selwyn’s trusted name in hearing aids & audiology care. With a more supportive and personal approach, it is easy to choose a local & full-time hearing clinic. You can even SWITCH to Brenna if you already have hearing aids for your annual checks. Hearing aids | Hearing tests | Tinnitus | ACC claims | Proud to be local Hearing well is so valuable & makes even the little things Jon Griffiths more enjoyable. Start with a hearing test... Call 03 390 2332 today Phone today: 03 381 6950 Brenna Sincock Hearing Branding / Appropriate Usage PRINT Hearing clinics @ Darfield | Leeston | Lincoln & 36 Tennyson Street, Rolleston *Conditions apply. Back to back installations 5 metre pipe run. Email: