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CHRISTCHURCH EXTENSION., Issue 9385, 6 November 1908
PROPOSAL TO INCLUDE CASHi MERE. A meeting convened by the Cashmere Residents' Association was held at the Cashmere Hills School last evening for the purpose of considering a proposal to amalgamate the district with Greater Christchurch. Mr G. T. Booth presided over a largo attendance of residents. It was reported that the committee set up at a previous meeting had revised the boundaries of the district as set out and proposed at that meeting. Mr C. R. Clark moved. "That this meeting of Heathcote and Halswell ratepayers considers that.it is inadvisable to amalgamate with Greater Christchurch, as it would not have the advantages claimed by the promoters, as it would lead to a large increase in rates' and as it would inflict great hardships on many whose properties either are situate on the flat and could not benefit by the proposed new works or are situate on the hill and already have the advantages expected to be generally enjoyed in amalgamation. Mr Clark said that he objected to the introduction of the principle of rating on unimproved value on suburban lands. The object people had in living two or three miles out of town was to have a fair area of land round their dwellings, and it would not be fair to rate them on the same system as applied to sections in Cathedral Square. Valuations would be raised, as the City Council would not accept the present valuations. Before Fisherton, an area of 100 acres, went into Greater Christchurch, its capital value was assessed at £10,000, unimproved value £9950, rates £74 9s Bd. After joining Greater Christchurch, its capital value was assessed at £19,403, unimproved value £18;798, rates £283 2e 7d. The; City Council had done nothing for the extra, rates, . .•■ ■ • j The chairman satd. that. he could nojl accept the motion, as it was in the natiire of " a direct negative' to a" motion already carried at a previous meeting; A letter was read from the chairman^ of the Rhodes Convalescent Home Board of Trustees stating that if any attempt was made to bring the Home property into the city area, the Trustees would oppose the scheme for amalgamation. Mr W. Smith said that if the Fisherton'sections were built upon, the rates would go down proportionately. The figures quoted by Mr Clark meant absolutely nothing. The people on the flat would not have to pay tor benefits which they did not receive, and their rates, if their sections were built on, would be lower than at present. The speculator who held bare sections would be the only sufferer. Mr G. H. Mason eaid that the opposition to the amalgamation was coming only from people who had every | convenience they could wish for. Where
he lived he had to depend for water, outside rain water, on a company which did not care a farthing whether they got water or not. He thought that the sooner the Cashmere settlement was under one governing body the better. '' V Mr S. Wright said that the supposition w*as the unimproved value system would mean that houses would be crowded together, defeating tne object for which the suburb was formed. He believed that the Cashmere settlement would in time extend backwards to Victoria Park, and then, as no two points in a city could be more than six miles apart, a portion of the district would nave to remain out of Greater Christchuroh. If the district bad < a road board or a borough council of its own it could pass by-laws preventing the crowding of houses into areas of less than a quarter of an acre. The amalgamation scheme had not been properly investigated, and was absolutely impracticable. . ? Mr F. H. Thompson said that he desired to deny a' statement made by Mr C. R. Clark in a circular that the promoters of the amalgamation scheme " in effect packed " the .previous meeting called to discuss the matter, with those in favour of the scheme. He had received a letter from Beckenham residents which stated that the district experienced lower rates and better ser-^ vico a 6 part of Greater Christchurch than under the Road Board. Mr A. C. Bull moved "That this meeting of residents and ratepayers expresses its approval of the action of the committee appointed at last meeting to secure the carrying of a proposal for amalgamation with the City of Christchnrch." Mr R. Laing moved as an amendment, a vote of thanks to the committee for its services. •Mr T. Gordon seconded the amendment. Mr Mason said that if the,amendment was carried it would be taken as au indication- that" themeetkigT-Tvas'nSt' in favour of " amalgamation. ■■•■••■• The amendment was declared carried on" tTie voices. Messrs Mason, Way, Smellie, William*?, Voyce and Blackburne were ad^^d to the committee: The meetine refused to accept the resignation of Mr Wright a6 a member of the committee. A vote of thanks to the chairman concluded the meeting.
CHRISTCHURCH EXTENSION., Issue 9385, 6 November 1908
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