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NORTHERN OUTLOOK, DECEMBER 12, 2012
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Playgroup wraps up
year with park trip
WHEEE: Pippa Fletcher enjoys a spell
on the see-saw at the Kaiapoi
Community Playgroup's Christmas
outing to Spencer Park.
CHILDREN FROM the Kaiapoi
Community Playgroup wrapped
up their term with a fun-filled
outing last week to Spencer
Park, trundling to adventure on
a double decker bus. Lyn Eder,
of Portobelo Preschools, said the
day was a huge success.
We aim to do an outing every
term -- something different, that
will interest the children. This
time around, we chose Spencer
Park. It is local -- part of our
The Kaiapoi regulars were
joined by young Ruby Robinson,
who was over from Canada,
visiting family in the town. She
had joined the playgroup to
meet other children to hang out
with during her time here.
The playgroup operates on
Wednesday mornings between
9.30-11.30am during school
term-time at a cost of $2 per
family and is held in the Wesley
Centre on the corner of Fuller
and Peraki streets.
By CATE BROUGHTON
THE OHOKA Plan Change Group
will submit a revised application to
rezone land in Ohoka as residential
4A after its original application was
rejected by hearing commissioners.
Stuart Jenkins, one of the
landowners represented by the
group, confirmed its intention to
lodge a new application with the
council by February 1.
The group s original application,
which would have allowed for 125
rural-residential lots on 85 hectares
of land northwest of the corner of
Mill Road and Threlkelds Road, was
deemed too large with unacceptable
impacts on the rural character of the
However, the commissioner s
report concluded a reduced and
revised version of it may have
enough merit to be approved .
The new version would need to
reduce the outer boundary of the
land area specified in the appli-
cation, including the deletion of all
the allotments with frontage to
Threlkelds Rd and the site at the
corner of Threlkelds and Mill Rd.
This would allow views into and
out of it from adjacent rural areas
and from rural areas to the south-
east across Mill Rd and Threlkelds
Rd.Roading provisions outlined in the
original application would also need
Richard Cottrell, who formed the
Ohoka Village Protection Association
to oppose the application, said the
proposed changes would keep the
development of the area in check to
I don t think people are too dis-
mayed, because we had a fair go and
the commissioners listened carefully
to things, and I suppose you have to
accept there is going to be growth --
you can t just sit still and leave
He said the establishment of the
association, as a result of the appli-
cation, had enabled people within
Ohoka to connect more with each
other, which was a good outcome.
I ve lived here for 25 years -- but
it was quite difficult to meet people
because you all live behind your
fences on your five-acre blocks. This
has brought about 150 people out
from their properties and we talk to
each other now.
Tip open until February
RESOURCE CONSENT to retain
the Hurunui District Council s
Amberley transfer station at Carters
Rd until February next year will be
approved before Christmas.
The council was forced to apply for
a resource consent to keep the trans-
fer station on the site until February
as its previous consent had expired.
Neighbouring businesses and
residents have been unhappy about
the location of the transfer station.
The council had been looking for a
new site for three years before decid-
ing on the Grays Rd site. After
February, the transfer station will
Work to prepare the site, including
modifications to prevent flooding,
will take place as soon as the land
use consent for the site is received.
The council will recruit one part-
time employee to manage the weigh-
bridge and employ a contractor to
operate the compactors.
The recycling work, carried out by
North Canterbury Community
Resource, will continue operating
from Carters Rd until February
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