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CENTRAL CANTERBURY NEWS, NOVEMBER 28, 2012
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RACE ON: The
start of the
lap up half
THE NUMBER of runners pounding the Lees-
ton roads on Saturday in the Ellesmere Road
Runners Half Marathon was almost double that
of the inaugural event last year.
It featured a number of distances and attrac-
ted 372 competitors, up from 200 in 2011.
Southbridge's Kerry Faas led the 152-strong
field home in the premier half-marathon event.
Tane Cambridge took the 10km race honours,
while in the 5km race 11-year-old Sarah
McClure won the female section.
Organisers are planning on capping the
entrant numbers at 500 next year so the race
keeps its charm''.
the town orange
TAG TROUBLE: Tags were daubed on buildings along Leeston's business strip at the
FURIOUS LEESTON residents
would like to get their hands on
spray paint vandals who daubed
businesses, a church hall and a
house in orange vulgarities and tags
at the weekend.
The Saturday night bender caused
several thousand dollars damage.
Constable Nigel Craythorne said
the offenders climbed very high to
virtually inaccessible spots -- putting
themselves at risk''.
A church hall where St John train-
ing and Scouts is held was also tag-
Police are keen to determine if the
vandals were locals.
The Ellesmere Speedway and the
Leeston Half Marathon Run brought
crowds, but Mr Craythorne said the
popular sports events should not
necessarily be linked to the orange
It's been a long time since this
has happened here,'' he said.
In October, vandals with stolen
spray cans painted Rolleston land-
Any information, call Nigel Cray-
thorne on 378 0150.
Parks could be
opened to dogs
OFF-LEASH EXERCISE: The signs may
need changing at the West Melton
Domain if a proposed bylaw is approved
today at a Selwyn District Council
A CONTENTIOUS dog control bylaw
is being recommended for approval
at a Selwyn District Council meeting
today, despite the majority of sub-
mitters saying the council is barking
up the wrong tree.
The bylaw allows for the lifting of
the restriction on dogs in many of the
region's parks and reserves, with
canines able to be exercised off-leash
when the areas are not in use for
sporting or other public events.
A council working party stated in a
report on the bylaw that 145 of the
188 submissions during public con-
sultation opposed some elements of
the use of reserves as exercise
areas''. Thirty eight were in support.
The working party said it wanted
the bylaw adopted to encourage
greater use of the reserves and con-
firm the use of the areas'' already
being used for dog exercise for a
more equitable position''.
The reserves are funded from
targeted rates and there are over
6000 dog-owning families in the dis-
trict who will have the opportunity to
use the reserve areas.''
A large number of submitters in
opposition were from sports clubs.
They wanted to see dogs kept off the
Council senior animal control
officer Steve Clarke said the bylaw
meant there would be more options
for dog owners to exercise their ani-
mals if it was approved.
There could also be public benefits
such as less vandalism, as the
reserves could be used more.
Mr Clarke said the issue of dog
fouling was raised but there was no
evidence fouling would become a
He said during the public consul-
tation period there had initially been
a lot of interest but this had waned
as the process went on and public
forums did not attract a lot of people.
There were only seven submitters
who were heard at the bylaw hearing
out of 40 who indicated they had
wanted to, and only two were not
from sports clubs.
Under the proposed bylaw dogs
will be prohibited from reserves
when they are being used for public
events. This includes all marked
playing fields and there will be a 5
metre perimeter around them.
To address the potential issue of
dog fouling, a number of other
actions have been recommended in
conjunction with the proposed
changes, including additional
signage, waste bins, low-tolerance
stance to enforcement, education and
Dogs off-leash in parks and
reserves would still have to be under
effective control by voice or hand
commands by the person walking
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