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Upper Hutt Leader : October 12th 2011
3 UPPER HUTT LEADER, OCTOBER 12, 2011 NEWS Fast Approval CASH NOW 245 High Street 24 Queen Street Lower Hutt Wainuiomata Phone: 566 0989 Phone: 564 1596 *All Loans Subject to Normal Lending Criteria Loans for all reasons ADELPHI FINANCE LTD The Established Company HN105346/wh Amounts $500 to $5000 Providing Cash Solutions 40 Years of Financial Service SAVE MONEY! Don't take your car to the more expensive dealers when our expert mechanics can service and repair your car to your satisfaction 40 Ward Street Upper Hutt (3 minutes walk to Wallaceville Station) Open 8am till late! email: firstname.lastname@example.org 528 2580 2606836AE 28 25 58 28 25 58 8 Call us today for a booking Ex-All Blacks lure in dads Legends: Norm Hewitt, left, Sir Colin Meads, All Black jersey auction winner Logan Barling, 7, Dion Waller and Christian Cullen at Pinehaven School. Photo: JIM CHIPP It is hard for dads who work in Wellington to get to their children s schools very often, says Pinehaven School principal, Kay- lene Macnee. On Friday Pinehaven s home and school committee found a way to fill its hall with dads and their children. They invited four All Black legends along for breakfast. Sir Colin Meads, Dion Waller, Christian Cullen and Norm Hewitt joined the school for a question and answer session, and photo opportunities with the chil- dren and their parents. Mr Meads told the children that he had been inspired by a visit by an All Black (the late Morrie McHugh) to his Te Kuiti school. Morrie said, somewhere here, there is an All Black . Actually there were three. There was me, my brother and a chap called Rex Pickering, he said. There s an All Black sitting here somewhere but we just don t know who it will be. Meads began his 15-year career as an All Black playing as a loose forward. During one game against Aust- ralia a series of injuries stretched the substitutes bench and Meads found himself playing in unfam- iliar territory on the wing, marking speedster Roy Morgan, who was later to represent his country on the track in the Com- monwealth Games. The young Meads was instructed by captain Pat Walsh don t try to beat him, run straight at him . The strategy worked and Meads scored a try. Before the RWC quarterfinals he picked Wales as a team to watch for the remainder of the Rugby World Cup. Wales duly beat Ireland at Westpac Stadium last weekend in the quarterfinals. Mr Cullen, who played for a time for the Munster club in Ireland, said he would be wearing his Irish hat for that clash. Whoever wins [that] game will go all the way to the final, he predicted. Pay and Display parking to cost $1m By COLIN WILLIAMS Paid parking in the Upper Hutt shopping area looks to be on the city council s agenda. The introduction of Pay and Display machines, at a set-up cost of more than $1 million, is arguably the most controversial project being considered by the city council for inclusion in next year s Long Term Plan. More than 20 projects, totalling well above $22m, are included in the proposals. The 22 initiatives range in price from $25,000 (for a citywide heri- tage trail) to an $8.5m upgrade of Fergusson Dr from Silverstream to the city centre. These will not be formally considered by the council until mid-year but the council is already calling for initial public consultation, which closes on October 21. Council is not able to afford all of the projects, notes to the public with a template submission form say. We would like your input into which of these you consider to be the most important. Respondents are asked to indi- cate each project with a high, medium or low priority value and indicate the annual rates wold be acceptable in funding their favoured proposals. The Long Term Plan, which will be finalised and released next year, covers 10 years of council activity to 2022, but is systemati- cally reviewed every three years and the document does not lock the council into any long-span spending commitments. This call for submissions is an important first phase in the public input, city business development services director Tamsin Somerville says. We will do a bit of analysis for the council and a report back to the public. Last time, at this stage, the submissions showed there was support for a new hockey turf but not for a new crematorium at the Akatarawa cemetery, and that was not in line with what the council was thinking. After these submissions the projects will go to internal council workshops and we will do a full-on budget, Ms Somerville says. Some of the projects have already been detailed to the pub- lic.A planned $2.5m improvement in the city s commuter and rec- reational cycling routes features a sealed stopbank cycle path from Moonshine Park to Gibbons St which was included in the current council annual plan but is still awaiting co-funding from the New Zealand Transport Agency. Others are a safe bike and foot connection from Silverstream rail- way station along Fergusson Dr to the Hutt River trail at Silver- stream bridge and the long con- sidered cycle and walking path running alongside the railway line from Field St, also in Silver- stream, to Blenheim St in the city centre. A $75,000 children s cycleway at Harcourt Park is also proposed, similar to that at Lower Hutt s Avalon Park. Some of the projects are a direct result of the town planning out- comes from the council-appointed consultant, Kobus Mentz. These include big ticket items in the development of the city entrance from the railway station to Main St via Princes St, at a cost of $2.23m. Mr Mentz also highlighted the need for improved gateway to Upper Hutt messages as potential retail, commercial and leisure business was being lost. A series of iconic signs or sculptures at locations on State Highway 2, Gibbons St, Silver- stream and Maoribank and at the Whakatiki St/Fergusson Dr inter- section are proposed at $675,000. A $1.2m improvement in the use and appearance of small open space in the city centre also follows a Mr Mentz recommen- dation. Seven areas have been ident- ified. These are Russell, Geange and Logan Sts, Lion Court, Centre Walk, the Civic Quarter and the grassed area by the old Hazel- woods car park. The $8.5m enhancement of Fergusson Dr is another outcome from the Mentz investigation. It would be financed and completed in stages over a number of years, the council information team says. Currently not overly inviting due to its wide carriageway and lack of features it is proposed for an upgrade, from Silverstream to the city, which would provide dedicated space for cyclists, additional street trees, a planted road medium at appropriate locations . Existing footpaths would need to be slightly reduced to allow for the cycle lanes while retaining on- street parking and the required vehicle lane widths. In the leisure services area a $2m learn-to-swim pool is proposed for an over subscribed H2OXtream. The purpose built, stand alone pool would cater for babies through to primary aged children and increase the facility s ability to cater for all of the com- munity. The continued development of Maidstone Park, with further arti- ficial and natural turfs for rugby/ soccer dual use and a 1.3 kilo- metre walking and running path are proposed for 2017/18. This development, the park s third stage, is estimated to cost just under $2m.
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