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Upper Hutt Leader : July 20th 2011
Wednesday, July 20, 2011 SERVING YOUR COMMUNITY SINCE 1939 Letters 10 Real Estate 28-51 Arts 41-43 Motoring 52 Classifieds 53-57 Sport 60-64 FOOD BANK CELEBRATION Twins clock up 20 years 3 BRIGHT NEW WELCOME Fresh look for kindy 4 WINTER BLUES BUSTERS Goodies up for grabs 18-26 Crash drills look real Simulation smash: A team from Rolleston in Canterbury works hard during the 2011 Australasian and World Rescue Challenges. Rescue units from around the world competed in a variety of crash simulations at Upper Hutt's former South Pacific Tyres complex last week. Story, more photos, page 38. Photo: JIMMY NESS Summer shutdown By COLIN WILLIAMS Upper Hutt swim spot H2OXtream will shut for five weeks in summer, over February and March. This is part of a change to the time- table for its already announced $1 million maintenance which includes a replacement roof and new lighting. The original several-week shutdown planned for winter has been reduced to the first week of August, for urgent pipe replacement. However, the major works have been deferred for several months into the recreation complex s summer season. The change, following the council s advertising of the work for tender, was made because replacing the roof in win- ter could take several weeks longer. It s because of the weather and the time of the year, the hours the work could actually be done, city com- munity services director Andrea Curtis says. We thought we d be closed for four weeks but when the quotes came back it had been pushed out to 10 or 11 weeks. The shutdown will have an effect on the venue but it does come after the start of the new school year, she says. Any closure is never at a great time but this is a necessity. It s a tough call but it had to be made, Ms Curtis says. The change of timing for the roof replacement does not change the cost of the maintenance project. The change will impact on us. We will have a different term one but we will just plan around it, Ms Curtis says. City delays move on flood risk plan By COLIN WILLIAMS Advertising to notify a proposed change to the Upper Hutt District Plan identifying new flood hazard areas has been delayed. The expected formal advertising of Proposed Plan Change 15 was deferred, fol- lowing a vote. This was because city councillors first wanted to resolve an appeal against aspects of the Greater Wellington Regional Council s draft regional policy statement. City council approval for the now deferred plan change, which identifies 500 land title areas in Upper Hutt, including more than 200 in the Mangaroa River catchment area, was approved at committee level but with- drawn after non-public discussion at a recent full council meeting. The change, when advertised, can be expected to spark much public interest. It follows lengthy work by the Greater Wellington Regional Council, identifying and assessing the flood and erosion hazard areas of the Hutt and Mangaroa Rivers. However a clause in the regional council s separate policy statement, on the treatment of natural hazards, has been appealed by the Upper Hutt Council and looks to be heading to the Environment Court. We have concerns about what it might mean for undeveloped land in Upper Hutt in terms of flood hazards, city environmental services director Richard Harbord says. This has come at the time we are moving on the plan change but we have got to make sure our district plan is in accordance with the regional policy statement, he says. The two councils have been in formal talks and Mr Harbord is confident of a suit- able agreed outcome. But at this stage it doesn t make any sense to go out [and advertise the plan change] until we know the final content of the policy statement.
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