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Tuesday June 6 2017
News Bid to solve midge problem By Sarla Donovan MIDGE-PLAGUED Bromley residents will meet with staff from the nearby wastewater treatment plant, the city council and the Coastal-Burwood Community Board tomorrow in hopes of working out a solution to a problem they say is getting worse every year. Board chairwoman Kim Money (left) said the meeting would allow affected residents the chance to air their feelings. “We want the residents to feel comfortable to say what they want to say to staff. All of us want to sit down and have a really open and good discussion.” In spite of an $800,000 spend over the past two years, locals say their properties are inundated with swarms of the non-biting insects over summer, forcing them indoors and making life a misery. They say the current methods of control aren’t working, and want the city council to look at alternatives.
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In Brief PIER REPAIRS ON TRACK Repairs to New Brighton Pier are on track to be finished by February next year. The first column is finished and work is under way on the second, third and fourth columns. Crack repairs are also taking place on the access ramp. The pier will continue to be open to the public while the earthquake repairs take place. FLYING FOX DECISION Prestons North sub-division residents will get a say on whether a flying fox in the Muka Park playground should be reinstated or removed permanently. Complaints led to the flying fox being removed last year for breaching city plan noise standards. Dozens of phone calls and letters protesting the removal followed, leading the city council to investigate options for its return.
INUNDATED: Bromley residents tired of midges swarming their properties will attend a meeting in New Brighton tomorrow to look at new ways of solving the problem.
Shortland St resident Janet Profit said she and others were “over it,” and wanted the problem sorted before next summer. “We can’t have another year of it. Ms Money said she wanted to get all the relevant parties
SOUTHSHORE DETOURS Malta Cres in Southshore will be closed until June 30 while a water main is renewed. Pine Ave will also be affected while City Care carry out the work. Property and pedestrian access has been affected and detours are in place.
around the table to revisit what had been done and look at what new options were possible. “We want something positive to come out of this. I know I couldn’t live with that.” •Kim Money, Our People, p6
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