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RURAL EYESORE: The Jones Road dump site.
THE OWNERS of a Rolleston site
used to dump earthquake rubble are
working on a solution to remove the
material from the site, authorities
say. However, no timeline has been
set.John and Lois Fischer, who own
the Jones Rd land, were facing chal-
lenges'' over the dump run by Skelly
Holdings, whose director Chris
Skelly left the country for his native
Britain in April. The debt-mired
company is in liquidation.
The Fischers had advised the Sel-
wyn District Council that removal of
the material had to be done in agree-
ment with the liquidators.
Council environmental manager
John Christenson said the couple
had challenges ahead.
Advice from the owners is that
they are working to find a way to
remove the material from the site,''
We appreciate they are in a diffi-
cult position, and the land doesn't
appear to us to carry immediate
environmental health concerns.''
The council had also been advised
that some scrap metal had been
The site was subject to an abate-
ment notice placed in October last
year to ensure no material was pro-
cessed on site.
Jones Rd residents and business
owners say they do not want a dump
in their backyard.
Skelly Holdings has been dumping
rubble at the 3.5ha Jones Rd site
since March last year, after the dis-
trict council told the company it did
not require consent to use the site as
a dumping ground.
MOMENTOUS DAY: Johan Vlok, left, and Selwyn mayor Kelvin Coe on the
site of the new medical centre.
Ground broken for
By MAT KERMEEN
CONSTRUCTION IS finally due
to start on the new Darfield
Medical Centre which will ser-
vice the growing Malvern
A ground-breaking ceremony
was held at the Darfield Hos-
pital site on Friday, with con-
struction due to begin this week
on what is being billed as a one-
stop-shop for primary medical
The much anticipated facility
will house four consulting
rooms, two treatment rooms and
a district nursing room.
Johan Vlok has been one of
the driving forces behind the
project which has been in the
pipeline for over a 10 years and
was, he said, well overdue.
It's a special day for the
people of Darfield.
They have been very patient
after enduring substandard
facilities for a long time.
It's a proud day for the whole
Funding and the availability
of doctors have been the main
obstacles in getting the centre
up and running, but Dr Vlok
said Darfield will now have the
right facilities and personnel to
service the growing population.
At times in the past I have
been the only doctor in town, but
now we have grown to have five
of us, and we are well equipped
to deliver comprehensive
Plans for the new medical cen-
tre were drawn up last year, but
the project was delayed when
lease negotiations between the
Selwyn District Council and the
practice owner Dr Vlok broke
Both parties eventually came
to an arrangement.
Malvern councillor Sam
Broughton said the clinic was for
a much wider area than just
There's a large number of
smaller towns around the Mal-
vern district that will use this
facility. The community have
been wanting this medical cen-
tre for a long time and they have
got it on the site that they
wanted. Today is a big day for
the people of Malvern.''
Dr Vlok hoped they would be
operating in the building and
taking new patients by March
and there was the possibility of
expansion in the future on the
large hospital site leased from
the Canterbury District Health
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