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Coun­cil to re­move dump

- Pacific Ocean · Christchurch

An old dump spilling into a Banks Penin­sula river will be re­moved at a cost of up to $1 mil­lion. Car parts, fridges, bricks, fenc­ing wire, con­crete, metal and sus­pected as­bestos ce­ment sheets have been seen along the banks of the Le Bons Bay River, about 1 kilo­me­tre up­stream from where the river runs into the Pa­cific Ocean. The 100-me­tre-long,

10m-wide site op­er­ated as a lo­cal tip from about 1950 to its clo­sure in 1995. In Novem­ber

2019, Christchur­ch City Coun­cil staff no­ticed wastewas be­ing ex­posed as the river­bank eroded. The coun­cil has de­cided to re­move the land­fill en­tirely and­move the rub­bish to Kate Val­ley land­fill at a cost of $750,000 to

$1m.

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