Kapiti Observer : November 28th 2011
5 KAPITI OBSERVER, NOVEMBER 28, 2011 Visit Visique this November and December and see DOUBLE. Collect Double Fly Buys Points when you spend $20 or more. Visique Kapiti Eyecare 7A The Pier, Howell Road, Paraparaumu Beach | Ph. 04 298 6373 http://visiquekapitietecare.blogspot.com | visique.co.nz Beach police base puts call out for more volunteers Needing help: Eileen Shaw, left, with community police officer Mike Tahere and fellow volunteers Gwen and Chris Hoole. By BEN STRANG Volunteer numbers at Paraparaumu Beach s police base are dropping, prompting a call for more helpers. Police volunteer Eileen Shaw, who co- ordinates the volunteer service run from Maclean Park, said numbers have been dropping as people find it more difficult to help. We have had a few who can t help after having heart attacks, and that sort of thing. We don t know when or if we will get them back , Mrs Shaw said. The group of 22 regular volunteers and six standby helpers are struggling to patrol the area during week days, and are hoping to recruit about 10 more people. We just keep an eye out, she said. People come in and get water, and visitors use us as a community centre. If people get hurt at the skatepark then we have a first aid kit to help them to. Mrs Shaw said the volunteers have a good relationship with park users. We have been here for 12 years now. Gwen and Chris [Hoole] have been here since the start, when this was [com- munity constable] Mike [Tahere] s base. Mr Tahere said the volunteers are great for the community, and enjoy a superb spot to operate out of. I remember having a police officer from Chicago here, and I told him this is where I was based and he said no way, get out of here , so it shows what a great place this is. Anyone interested in volunteering can call 298 4745. Lifebelt for Levin's racecourse By TANYA WOOD A Paraparaumu business owner has plans for a new lifestyle village for over-50s that could be the odds-on favourite to help upgrade Levin s race track facilities. An application for resource consent to subdivide 2.4 hectares of Levin racecourse land for a 58-unit village, including a caretaker s home, residents motor home parking and internal road system, is due to be approved by Horowhenua District Coun- cil within the next two weeks. The idea -- to use profits generated from the sale of village units, for the track s upgrade -- is the brainchild of RJ Ker Contractors owner Robbie Ker. Mr Ker, who is not a horse person but whose wife and daughter train horses in Levin, said the track was going to be lost if something was not done. The track, currently used for training only, has been operating at a small but noticeable deficit for some years, subsidised by the club s races held in Otaki. Races have not been held on the course for more than a decade. This is what I could do to save it, and I ll get a buzz out of doing it, said Mr Ker. The Paraparaumu-based business owner, who lives in Ohau, has already designed and built 12 similar villages to date, which are run by manage- ment companies set up by his company. Now a trustee of the Levin Track Trust, Mr Ker said Levin Racing Club will own the management company. District councillor and Levin Track Trust chair Tony Rush said the idea was well-researched before being accepted as a project by the Levin Racing Club. He said a new trust, Levin Trackside Villas Trust, with the same trustees, is being set up to manage the subdivision and sale of land, and ongoing management of the lifestyle village. Mr Ker s company will hold a contract with the new trust to develop and build the village, he said. The Levin Track Trust will continue to main- tain responsibility for the running of the training track. Mr Rush said the club was not able to fund major maintenance, or continue subsidising con- tinued losses. If we did not have this opportunity, I suspect the track would have to be closed down eventu- ally, and sold off, but happily this won t happen. Interest had already been shown from potential buyers for units. Unresolved dog battle may go to High Court Dog trouble: Paraparaumu couple Bob and Gay Renshaw with their dogs Kayla and Lou, which neighbours have complained about. Photo: FAIRFAX NZ A battle between neighbouring dog lovers has escalated to one couple threatening High Court legal action. Bob and Gay Renshaw have appealed against complaints being pursued by the Kapiti Coast District Council that their dogs, six-year-old labrador Lou and eight- year-old samoyed Kayla, are causing a noise disturbance barking in the neigh- bourhood. Mr Renshaw admits that, for a while, they had four dogs, but since September have had only two, under council regu- lations all that is permitted on an urban section before a special licence is needed. All up, the Renshaws say they have spent about $1000 to comply with the regulations, including forking out for bark collars, obedience training and building a fence. We are being discriminated against, targeted unfairly. We have complied with everything, Mr Renshaw, a lawyer, said. In a letter to the council, Mr Renshaw has put the council on notice they will be seeking costs in the High Court. The couple challenged a noise abate- ment notice issued by the council in Sept- ember, and their appeal was heard on Thursday. Mrs Renshaw stressed they were real dog people . We love our dogs, treat them like princesses. They sleep on our beds. We have complied with absolutely every- thing, gone the extra mile. We just want to be treated fairly, she said. Neighbour Robin Fraser, who is a New Zealand Kennel Club member and dog trainer, first complained about barking from the property six years ago, especially from Kayla, the samoyed. Very little has been done about it. I find it unbelievable the samoyed has been allowed to remain on the property. If a dog wears a bark collar properly it does not bark. Dogs should not bark like that, Mrs Fraser said. Before the appeal was adjourned, com- mittee members urged the Renshaws to give the bark collar another go, with the assistance of a council animal control officer who had suggested ways to stop Kayla barking in the past. Mayor Jenny Rowan stressed there had to be some action by the Renshaws to resolve the issue and prevent the dog being removed from the property. Appeals committee chairwoman Hilary Wooding said it was an emotive issue and the committee would release its decision soon, expected to be within 10 days. 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