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Upper Hutt Leader : June 1st 2011
7 UPPER HUTT LEADER, JUNE 1, 2011 NEWS Right into Outdoor Power Equipment www.stihlshop.co.nz Our GST-free prices come with expert advisers. June's GST-free! To celebrate Fieldays, we've knocked the GST off STIHL and Masport equipment instore.* Great advice is also free. Remember, every STIHL SHOPTM Retailer is an Outdoor Power Equipment expert. You'll get good advice that will last for years. *GST off RRP for all STIHL powered equipment and Masport President range. See instore for further details. Offer valid until 30 June 2011 at participating STIHL SHOPTM stores or while stocks last. STIHL MS 250 NOW $891 Masport President 3000 AL Combo NOW $826 Stihl Shop Tinsleys Upper Hutt 04 526 9682 50 Montgomery Cres Upper Hutt Stihl Shop Tinsleys Hutt City 04 586 7139 423 Cuba St Lower Hutt Stihl Shop Tinsleys Wellington 04 387 4570 57 Kingsford Smith St Lyall Bay 3658572AB Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org 021 270 9113 3489075 PAUL SWAIN UPPER HUTT REGIONAL COUNCILLOR Liesl Harlen 100 days till Rugby World Cup kick-off CUP COUNTDOWN Upper Hutt City Council is working in partnership with many groups to make it easy for residents and visitors to make the most of Rugby World Cup 2011. Liesl Harlen is the council s part-time Rugby World Cup co- ordinator and this column will appear fort- nightly. We are celebrating 100 days to go with a draw at 4pm tonight at Upper Hutt s Maidstone Park Club rooms, linking local primary schools with participating nations for the inter-primary school rugby tournament. Local All Black Cory Jane is due to attend and assist with the draw, and the public is welcome to come along. The schools tournament will be held on October 4, during the build-up to the quarter finals week- end of Rugby World Cup 2011. People around the country are being invited to adopt a second team to show their support and welcome participating teams and their fans to New Zealand for the tournament -- creating a truly international event! This is an easy and enjoyable way for the local community, schools and businesses to get behind RWC 2011. You can embrace the spirit of the tournament simply by decorating your house, street, work- place, community or school with RWC 2011 flag bunting -- a fun way for anyone to support the tournament. Flag bunting, which includes all RWC 2011 national flags, is available for $11.95 for 10 metres. Or to support a visiting team, you can buy bunting with flags from one nation only for $21.95 for 10m. You can find more information on adopt a sec- ond team and about RWC 2011 bunting at nz2011.govt.nz/get-involved. Find out what is going on in Upper Hutt during Rugby World Cup 2011 at upperhuttcity.com/RWC2011. Outcome set to be positive A call from residents for over- due improvements on Gilbert Rd, Kaitoke, backed by a 50-strong petition, looks to have been right on target. A detailed submission to the city s annual plan hear- ings, spearheaded by Alex Pleffer, a Gilbert Rd resident of 20 years, argues the road is reputedly the worst under Upper Hutt City Council jurisdiction with many curves and a narrow cutting leading to poor visibility of oncoming traffic and difficulty in passing in numerous places . It also argues the council has received considerable amounts of money in devel- opment fees earmarked for the road s improvement. With increased traffic asso- ciated with the development of the latest eight lots, numer- ous trucks on the road and the propensity to speeding by some drivers, there have been a number of near misses and it is only a matter of time before a serious accident oc- curs, Mr Pleffer s submission says. Subdivision of the area s original farm now means 14 lots are dependent on the one- kilometre Gilbert Rd, which runs off State Highway 2. Along with an estimated $120,000 in development fees, the council s rates take from the area has substantially increased to somewhere in the order of $20,000 a year , Mr Pleffer says. The council has not pro- vided reasonable access road- ing, which is one of the few direct services provided by the council in return for the rates paid in this rural area. The council must now upgrade Gilbert Rd to mini- mise the risks for users to an acceptable level, the sub- mission concludes. Mr Pleffer presented the submission to city councillors last week but it will only be formally discussed by them tomorrow week as the 2011-12 annual plan is formalised and the residential rates take (and percentage increase) is set. But written comment from council officers for the submissions meeting indi- cates Mr Pleffer and the Gil- bert Rd residents may be heading to a satisfactory out- come. It confirms the council taking development contribu- tions, noting this work could not proceed until the funds were sufficient to fund the work . The funds have now got to a state where there are adequate funds available to carry out some work and this will be commenced in the next financial year. The amount of upgrade work able to be car- ried out will depend on the contract prices at the time, it says. City infrastructure director Lachlan Wallach confirmed the Gilbert Rd improvement were set to go ahead. The draft annual plan has $343,000 set aside for 2011-12 and another $213,000 for the following year from special funds (roading development contribution). It s in the programme but it s hard to come up with a figure until we have deter- mined what actually needs to be done, he said. Mr Pleffer was pleased to hear of the likely positive out- come. There are a lot of people interested in something being done. It s all about safety. Our issue is that they have had the development fees for some time, he says. Wefeelweareabitofa forgotten area and we don t get any priority. The council don t really know Gilbert Rd exists, he says. So to hear this is encourag- ing. I guess the detail will be the important thing, he says.
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