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Selwyn Times: September 12, 2018

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4 Wednesday September 12 2018 Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi SELWYN TIMES News Garry Kilday Quarry petition to be submitted this week •From page 1 “It’s amazing actually, the amount of people who have signed this petition, quite incredible when you read it,” Mr Kilday said. Meanwhile, the campaign had secured $25,000 in donations in anticipation for the fight against the proposed site. Mr Kilday said he is grateful for the donations, but believed the residents will never have enough money to match Fulton Hogan’s “deep pockets.” “At the end of the day, the money that we’ve got isn’t going to be enough to cover our expenses but we will have to make do.” He believed they would need at least $500,000 should the residents have to go to the Environment Court. Young performers to star in Les Mis • By Georgia O’Connor-Harding TWO ASPIRING Selwyn performers will make their debut with one of Christchurch’s largest theatre companies this week. Prebbleton’s Duncan Price and Lincoln’s Isla Palmer will play key roles in Showbiz Christchurch’s production of Les Misérables. Duncan, 9, will the share the role of street Duncan Price Isla Palmer child Gavroche with Ao Tawhiti Unlimited Discovery pupil Ethan Carranceja. Isla, 8, will play the role of Little Cosette and Young Eponine which will be shared by two other performers on alternative nights. The show will open at the Isaac Theatre Royal on Friday. The musical is based on the French historical novel of the same name by Victor Hugo which is considered to be one of OPPORTUNITIES: Isla Palmer as Young Eponine and Duncan Price as Gavroche at rehearsals. the greatest novels of the 19thcentury. Duncan has a love for theatre aspiring to play the role of Rum Tum Tugger in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats. Last year he was chosen by Jackie Clarke to perform a comical duet singing Craig Smith’s Wonky Donkey as part of a Kids 4 Kids charity concert at Horncastle Arena. Duncan said he is most excited about playing Gavroche in such a grand theatre and having his Mum, Dad and sister cheer him on opening night. Isla also has a passion for the performing arts. She takes part in numerous weekly ballet and jazz lessons at Anna Lee School of Dance which has led to her competing in regional dance competitions. Isla said she is loving going to the rehearsals and she cannot believe how good her fellow cast members are at singing. “After the first time I sung in front of all the cast, they said: ‘Well done,’ and I felt very proud. I am looking forward to performing at the Isaac Theatre Royal which is such a beautiful theatre,” she said. is opening soon! Our brand new early learning centre is opening soon in Rolleston. Contact us to discover what we can offer you and your child today. BestStart Faringdon East 520 East Maddison Road, Rolleston 0508 BESTSTART | info@best-start.org www.best-start.org

SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi Wednesday September 12 2018 5 Huge interest in Prebbleton land • By Georgia O’Connor-Harding MORE THAN 400 residents have taken part in a community survey asking what residents would like to see developed on a vacant block of land in Prebbleton. The survey was proposed by a potential developer wanting to know what people would like to see constructed on 2.3ha of land Malcolm Lyall on Central Ave. The vacant land is next to where the proposed Fresh Choice is to be built. The survey was posted on the Prebbleton Community Group Facebook page and closed last week. Four-hundred-and-twentyfive people responded and 221 people left their email address to receive further updates. Eighty-six per cent of respondents would like to see the area used for commercial use, 6.5 per cent for a park. The rest of the suggestions mostly fell under supporting commercial use. The highest number of requests were for a health centre POSITIVE: A online survey has received a large response from the Prebbleton community for what could be developed at a vacant piece of land on Central Ave. and chemist with restaurant, cafe and butcher following closely behind. Comments included “no high density, ugly shops,” “a mixture of commercial use buildings and green space for multi-use’’ and “keep it local, boutique and community-oriented.” The survey had clear objections to a liquor store (71.2 per cent) and petrol station (66.3 per cent.) This was followed by objections to a pet store, bar and convenience store. Acting Mayor Malcolm Lyall said it is good to see someone being proactive with the community. HanSam Consulting director Sam Ragnarsson, who created the survey, said he was happy with feedback from residents and the response was “promising.” He said the biggest thing to come out of the survey was all the developers need to work together to ensure the commercial developments are not disjoined. Mr Ragnarsson, who also runs the Prebbleton Community Group Facebook page, said he is hoping all stakeholders can be put into a planning meeting so an area can be developed with a “single look and feel.” He said the developer is a friend of his, and it was decided not to reveal his name as there was potential the responses could centre around that. A final report is planned to be shared with the Prebbleton community in the next couple of weeks. It comes after Woolworths New Zealand Ltd and Prebbleton Properties Ltd lodged a resource consent with the district council to operate a Fresh Choice and retail and commercial units. A medical centre, pharmacy and cafe are planned and there will be room for 96 customer car parks. In February, resource consent was granted for a major redevelopment of the Prebbleton Tavern site on the corner of Tosswill and Springs Rds. Plans include retail, health, a cinema, a 30-unit motel, two residential units, along with tavern renovations and associated parking and landscaping. •HAVE YOUR SAY: What kind of development would you like to see on Central Avenue in Prebbleton? Email your views to georgia. oconnor@starmedia.kiwi Local News Now In Brief Fire rages, homes at risk COUNCIL COMPETITION The district council is asking residents to take part in its weekly Selwyn District Plan competition. Each week participants are asked if a topic related to the district plan are true or false. Residents will go in the draw to win a $50 gift card. This week’s question is on business in the rural zone. The question is whether any business can set up in the rural zone without a resource consent (as long as it meets certain standards). To take part go to the Selwyn District Council Facebook page. To have your say on how businesses are managed in the rural zone go to www. selwyn.govt.nz/dprruralbusiness WOF AMNESTY The district council has begun a 12-month building warrant of fitness amnesty, encouraging commercial building owners to review their compliance schedules before their building’s annual warrant of fitness is due. Council building manager Vanessa Mitchell said the amnesty is an opportunity for council worker building owners to declare new or altered systems – such as fire alarms, smoke detectors or automatic doors and windows – so that the it can work with them to add the systems to their compliance schedules. 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