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Western News: September 11, 2018

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2 Tuesday September 11 2018 Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi get in touch from the editor’s desk THE FIGHT to stop the planned quarry in Templeton goes up a level this week. Opponents have gathered just over 4000 signatures on a petition and will send it to Environment Canterbury, Ministry for the Environment and the Selwyn District Council. The key people fighting the quarry are to be applauded. This will be no easy scrap. Fulton Hogan, which is looking to build the quarry, are a big outfit with lots of money and the expertise to dig in for a war of attrition. It will be draining on those fighting Fulton Hogan and they will need determination and stamina to stay in the battle. Templeton Residents’ Association chairman Garry Kilday will need to be one physically and mentally fit individual. - Barry Clarke GENERAL ENQUIRIES Ph 379 7100 CLASSIFIED ADVERTISING Ph 379 1100 Star Media, a division of Allied Press Ltd PO Box 1467, Christchurch starmedia.kiwi news Trucks on notice The Fendalton-Waimairi-Harewood Community Board has asked city council staff to look at the viability of a heavy vehicle ban in Avonhead. Pages 5 sport Worth the wait South Island basketball title was two years in the making. Page 14 community events WESTERN NEWS Relaxing Rummikub Head down to Fendalton Library on Thursday to play the strategy game with the Go Well Group. NEWS Anan Zaki Ph: 371 0777 anan.zaki@starmedia.kiwi ADVERTISING Alana Powell Ph: 962 8753 alana.powell@starmedia.kiwi Page 19 The best-read local newspaper, delivered to 18,190 homes every Tuesday Templeton, Islington, Hei Hei, Broomfield, Halswell, Oaklands, Westlake, Hornby, Wigram, Sockburn, Church Corner, Ilam, Russley, Hyde Park, Avonhead, Riccarton Park, Riccarton. AVONSIDE GIRLS’ HIGH SCHOOL Meet Ruth at the Te Hapua ¯ Halswell Centre Café 2-3pm Friday 14 September YEAR 10 – YEAR 13 ENROLMENTS FOR 2019 Twenty places (20) are expected to be available for Year 10–Year 13 enrolments 2019. Enrolments close on 23 November 2018. A ballot will be held if oversubscribed. For further information please contact Tanya Phillips on tphillips@avonside.school.nz www.avonside.school.nz Phone 09 376 4512 porthills.mp@parliament.govt.nz Best Motorbuys TM ANYTHING WITH A MOTOR! The South Island’s leading motoring publication FREE every Friday at hundreds of locations around the South Island, and it’s available online! www.bestmotorbuys.co.nz For advertising enquiries, ph Lea Godfrey 021 277 3086

WESTERN NEWS Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi Tuesday September 11 2018 3 News Kyle Park weed ‘disgraceful’ • By Anan Zaki A BMX club says overgrown weed at Hornby’s Kyle Park is bringing down the area. The city council put up fencing around various parts of the park that tested positive for asbestos in 2015. But there are no plans to remove the asbestos at the former landfill site. Christchurch City BMX Club track manager Michael Stronach says Kyle Park has been forgotten about since fencing was put up. “It’s disgraceful, [the weed] is as high as the fence in some parts. It brings down the whole park and looks horrible,” Mr Stronach said. He said city council staff only removed the weed once, in January. “We hosted the South Island BMX championship and a member of our committee chased up council to do it.” Since then the site has been left neglected. The BMX club had to remove the weed themselves to improve the appearance of the park. “We spray weedkiller as much as we can through the fence and I’ve seen people pull weeds through the fence,” Mr Stronach said. He said visitors to the club often asked about the state of the weed. “Before the fencing was put up [in 2015], you used to be able to use a fenced-off area as a viewing platform, and people often ask why you can’t anymore,” Mr Stronach said. City council community parks manager Al Hardy said weeds are controlled on a required basis. As for the asbestos, Mr Hardy The Best Souvenirs • Green Stone Jewellery • Woollen Garments • Food Supplements • Wooden Carvings • Sheep Skin Rugs • Souvenirs • Skin Care said the fencing is permanent and is an appropriate measure to assure public safety. “The garden areas have been mulched to ensure the amenity of the park is retained while containing the risk,” Mr Hardy said. Greater Hornby Residents Association chairman Marc Duff said it was disappointing the city council had no plans to remove the asbestos. “It looks like they have just built the fence and walked away. NEGLECTED: Hornby resident and Christchurch City BMX Club track manager Michael Stronach is upset because of overgrown weeds and asbestos at Kyle Park. “They need to come up with a programme where it is presentable for the residents and keep it in a tidy manner,” Mr Duff said. Meanwhile, Kyle Park will be investigated by the city council as a potential site for a southwest leisure centre. The investigations will begin this week and is expected to be finished by Labour Weekend. The city council will identify a new preferred location for the leisure centre in early 2019. Local News Now In Brief Fire rages, homes at risk BUS SHELTER LIKELY A new bus shelter could be on the way for Clarence St, beside the multi-storey Westfield Riccarton parking building. Members of the Halswell-Riccarton-Hornby Community Board will today vote on whether the bus shelter will be installed. Should it be approved, the shelter will be built in within three months. NO STOPPING The Halswell-Hornby-Riccarton Community Board will today vote on imposing no stopping restrictions on Lester Lane, Riccarton. After consulting with businesses in the area, City council staff recommended that no vehicles may stop in the cul-de-sac between 11pm and 5am every night. A council staff report said that the no parking restrictions are intended to stop anti-social behaviour such as burnouts. BOARD FUNDING Riccarton High School has applied for funding to send eight kapa haka students to the Nga Manu Korero Maori speech competition in Gisborne from September 17 to 20. City council staff recommended that the Halswell-Hornby-Riccarton Community Board grant the school $800 for the trip. 105 Riccarton Road, Christchurch Ph 03 348-6010 | Open 10am - 6pm SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD PAPANUI MERIVALE STROWAN SPREYDON