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Racers spread diesel
STREET RACERS spread diesel over
Two Chain Rd near Burnham early
Saturday morning and ripped up
seal, doing skids and burnouts.
One youth without a full licence
and carrying passengers was among
the transgressors slapped with
Police received reports of anything
from six to 30 cars burning rubber at
the latest favoured assembly point.
Initial reports said there was a lot
of smoke going on .
Rolleston Senior Constable Lois
Williscroft was called out in the early
They seem to have adopted the
intersection of Walkers Road
and Two Chain, Ms Williscroft
They spread diesel and caused
quite a lot of damage.
Council transportation asset man-
ager Mark Chamberlain said an
after-hours contractor spread grit
over the damage.
A wee issue
TOURISTS AND locals caught short in Spring-
field may have to hold on a bit longer.
The new Rolls Royce public toilets debated at
a recent Selwyn District Council meeting are not
even at the design stage and the almost $500,000
price tag is only a budget figure set aside in the
The public facilities have been targeted for a
makeover for several years, but have been shut
because of earthquake damage and will be demol-
ished, so the portaloos will be there for a while yet.
The issue has raised the ire of township com-
mittee chairman and former Selwyn mayor Bill
Woods, who hopes the public will not think the
town has asked for such a flash convenience.
He thought the new block was costed around
$200,000 and any more expensive ideas the coun-
cil considered, dubbed the Rolls Royce version by
councillor Jeff Bland at the meeting, had not gone
before the committee.
We don t need a Rolls Royce, just a Toyota
Camry, he said.
He questioned why the views of the committee
were not sought before it went to the council in the
report, and thought it could explain why at times
there seemed to be a struggle to get people to put
their hands up to be on the committees.
It is not apathy -- it is a lack of appreciation.
Council asset, open space and property manager
Mark Rykers said the budget had been decided
before the toilets were set to be demolished, and
included an upgrade of the fire station building to
which they were attached and a waste manage-
He said the council would look to make any new
design as cost-effective as possible and there were
lots of different options being looked at.
He had met with the township committee and
discussed what was being proposed.
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Out of touch
It comes as no surprise to read that
council is considering spending $500,000
on a toilet block. To even think about
such a spend clearly demonstrates how
pathetic and out of touch with reality the
council actually is; spending money it
does not have to build a standard of
facility we do not need -- costing as much
as a nice 3/4-bedroom home including
This council continues to show it s
inability to manage the running of the
business it has been elected to manage.
Hopefully the next local election will
see some much-needed changes.
I am dismayed at the opposition raised
over the action to renew the public toilets
Councillors and our committee agree
they need replacing (based on pre-
Some councillors have expressed
concern at the cost but the value stated
includes an Oasis Clearwater effluent
disposal system, stormwater disposal and
parking surface renewal.
To express the proposal as a Rolls
Royce operation is ridiculous.
It has been designed to cater for the
number of travellers anticipated,
endorsed by numerous head counts and is
an attempt to reduce the queuing
The Springfield Township Committee
have been negotiating for more than five
years to upgrade this facility to provide a
clean, light and airy unit acceptable to
the modern day travelling public.
While present day numbers may be
reduced, we must plan for the future and
with the Porters Heights project due to
start soon, numbers in excess of 300-800
a day will again become the norm.
INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION: Soldiers
from the Burnham-based 2/1 Battalion
Royal NZ Infantry Regiment take on the
distance shoot in the recent international
sniper competition in Canada. Thirty-three
teams from around the world, which included
the Netherlands, Italy, United States, and
Ireland as well as Canadian military units and
the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, took
part in the event at the Canadian Forces
Base in Gagetown, Canada. The Burnham
soldiers made up the New Zealand team
which came 14th overall. Their best
individual result was fifth in the pistol shoot,
which was significant because it was against
police teams who would consider the pistol
their primary weapon in the field.
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