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Controversial: An artist's impression of the new sports and community pavilion at Weedons Reserve.
Public meetings to discuss
community pavilion plans
By MAT KERMEEN
CONSULTATION WILL be held
on the controversial proposal to
develop a new sports and com-
munity pavilion at Weedons
Residents and groups that use
the facility will be invited to
attend two drop-in sessions in
September to find out more about
the concept and share their views.
In a statement from the Selwyn
District Council, the Weedons
Reserve Committee defended the
conduct of its members after the
Weedons Residents Association
attacked it at the last three coun-
Reserve committee chairman
Peter Holmes said the committee
had strong community represen-
tation, as two thirds of its
members were community rep-
He also hit back at the com-
ments of the residents association
president John McKim and sec-
retary Gary Doyle, who com-
plained to council they were
unjustifiably excluded from a res-
erve committee meeting.
The reserve committee does not
have the jurisdiction to go public-
excluded, and Mr Holmes said
they had not done so.
Our committee has always
welcomed people to our meetings.
We invite anyone with an interest
in the reserve to come along to a
At the July 24 council meeting,
councillors voted to check the
makeup of the committee and to
establish if there was an imbal-
ance towards the sports clubs that
used the domain.
Council community services
manager Lesley Symington con-
ducted a fact finding mission ,
and after communicating with the
chair, secretary, councillors and
council staff, concluded there was
no substance to the residents
association s claims.
Mr Holmes said September s
public consultation process was
an important opportunity for
Weedons residents to decide
whether they supported the con-
struction of the new facility.
It is proposed to include space
for tennis and cricket, public
toilets and a community meeting
and activity space, and Mr Hol-
mes said it would be a great asset
to the Weedons area.
He said the existing pavilion
was outdated and too small for the
We need a community facility
which can be used by groups for
meetings, local events and social
occasions and by sports groups.
The estimated cost of the proj-
ect is $600,000.
The committee proposed a third
of the cost be funded from devel-
opment contributions and
$133,000 from a loan to be repaid
by the ratepayers of Weedons.
The committee said the remain-
ing amount was to be made up of
$164,000 from club funds and
grant applications, $60,000 from a
council grant -- with the remain-
der from the reserve committee
and earthquake insurance funds.
IT WAS nothing short of a miracle
that no-one was injured when a
truck swiped a car turning into a
driveway from State Highway 1
near Curries Rd on Monday morn-
The car driven by an elderly
woman took a glancing blow from
the truck, which was following a
line of traffic which veered around
The truck driver was travelling
at 80kmh behind the line and was
unable to see the turning car.
While the woman was relatively
unfazed, Rolleston s Sergeant
Chris Jones said the scenario had
potential to be serious.
In a two-car smash near Burn-
ham the same morning, three
casualties, two men and a woman,
two with serious injuries, were
taken by ambulance to Christ-
The crash happened at the
intersection of State Highway 1
and Aylesbury Rd at about
Pursuits nab one
A POLICE pursuit from Rakaia to
Ashburton early on Sunday was
abandoned because of the danger-
ous speed of the fleeing driver.
No further sightings of the
motorist who accelerated in a
dark car about 1.12am were
A motorcyclist, 57, chased from
west of Rakaia into Rakaia fled
into a random property to evade
That was ridiculous because he
had no need, one officer said.
The rider was facing charges.
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In response to Cr Alexander s
comments (August 21), I would
like to say the following.
The resident s association has
made a number of presentations,
however it would appear that Cr
Alexander is either unable or
unwilling to grasp the problem or
is trying to make the headlines as
an election promotion.
The issue at the Weedons
Reserve does not only include a
proposed new building and the
cost involved in that, but also the
day-to-day running of the venue.
The two main users are the
cricket and tennis clubs.
Neither of these organisations
pay rental, lease or hire fees --
they have full use of the facilities
Whenever any improvement to
their sports areas is wanted they
do not contribute any monies,
they just submit it as a project
and the ratepayers are levied.
It is this imbalance that is the
It is they who want the new
building but once again they as
clubs were contributing nothing
until today when I have been
advised that there will a small
Cr Alexander was elected to
represent all ratepayers, not just
a select few to the detriment of the
Gary Doyle JP
Higher alcohol tax
The Selwyn District Council in
deciding on alcohol policy needs to
to see the wider problem.
This was covered in an article in
The Press (June 25) re the work of
the emergency department of the
The alcohol effect cost to
Canterbury District Health Board
is $27.4 million but this does not
include the trauma to children,
families and victims of abuse.
A complaint frequently heard is
there is too much cheap alcohol
available to youth.
The only fair way is to tax
alcohol sales the $27.4m. Simple.
Less alcohol drunk -- less crime.
And user pays.
Politicians had no hesitation in
adding 3 per cent a litre petrol
Have a bit of courage Selwyn
District Council and all
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