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By PETER HIDE
A RANGIORA valuer wants to know
whether the Waimakariri District
Council is standing by an under-
taking given last year that tempor-
ary buildings in Durham St will only
be there for 18 months to two years.
Otherwise, as Denis Milne of
North Canterbury Valuations said,
I m gone.
We ve already gone through two
winters with the (Paper Plus) build-
ing stuck over our entrance and we
don t seem to be getting anywhere
He said the Paper Plus building
was only 3 metres (not counting a
metre-wide ramp running half the
length of the building) from his front
window in the former Herrons
Motors building, on the corner of
High St and Durham St.
Yet the Waimakariri District
Council had nine metres between its
offices and its nearest neighbours in
the temporary business accommo-
dation built just a stone s thrown
away in High St.
There had been no consultation
with tenants of his building, nor with
Bayleys real estate offices on the
ground floor of a separate building
next door, or Williams McKenzie,
lawyers, above them.
They ve got to tell me, because
this is my business . . . it s crazy.
Mr Milne said he had every sym-
pathy for the displaced businesses
and he would have suggested a much
better solution, but the lack of con-
sultation made this impossible.
I don t have a brand any more,
because of the building on the foot-
path and extending across the road.
Waimakariri chief executive Jim
Palmer said the council had auth-
ority for the construction of the tem-
porary business accommodation
buildings in Durham St.
While it is difficult to put a speci-
fic date on the buildings removal, we
share the hope that they are there
for as short a period as possible, until
such time as there are suitable
replacements, he said.
We held discussions with the
North Canterbury Valuation build-
ing s owner prior to construction and
he understood the necessity of hav-
ing the temporary business accom-
However, Mr Milne is angry the
building has been allowed to stay
where it is in Durham St.
We want answers now. The coun-
cil decision was made in committee
so we ve not had access to the
minutes of their decision.
Mr Milne s landlord, Ainslie
Herron, who is 86 and whose family
has occupied the site for more than
80 years, has written to the council
objecting to the lack of consultation
and complaining about the devalu-
ation of his property.
Mr Milne is also upset at the lack
of compensation for the lost exposure
for his premises, particularly since
the council was charging $3000 a
square metre a year for use of the
temporary building that encroaches
on the footpath by the offices of
North Canterbury Valuations.
DOLL MAKER: Sylvia Bowles of Amberley will be guest artist for the Hurunui Arts Council showcase.
All kinds of stuff
turned into dolls
THE ANNUAL Arts Showcase
Hurunui is on its way, opening
mid-September at the Hurunui
Memorial Library in Amberley,
to exhibit and promote the
works of the region s artists.
Guest artist this year will be
Sylvia Bowles of Amberley, for
whom making cloth dolls is an
Sylvia is a self-described
hoarder of stuff -- other peo-
ple s trash, which she considers
treasure just waiting to be
transformed into art.
She says she has studied
many different handcrafts in her
time, but her dolls allow her to
combine sewing, painting, col-
lage, felting, and soldering to
create something special.
As well as Sylvia s dolls, the
showcase will include paintings,
drawings, pottery, ceramics,
sculpture, fibre art, textiles,
photography, woodwork, paper
arts and jewellery, some of
which will be available for sale.
Much of it is inspired by the
colours and shapes of the diverse
Hurunui Community Arts
Council member Derek Johns
says this year s event continues
to build on strong public interest
in original art by local artists,
Arts Showcase Hurunui will
run from September 14 till 22 at
the Hurunui Memorial Library
in Amberley. Monday to
Wednesday and Friday, from
9am to 5pm; Thursday,9am to
6pm; Saturday, 10am to 4pm,
and Sunday, 10am to 3pm.
Contact Derek Johns on
03 314 9115 or email: dcjohns
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