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Playground rubbish bin overflows •From page 1 Janine Watson took her children and a picnic to spend the afternoon at the playground. She thought the number of bins was enough for the area, but said the people using them should be more considerate. Mrs Watson said it was a shame the bins were left in a “disgusting” state. However, she said it should “not (be) the city council’s job” to increase the amount at the park. “The city council spent enough money on this great playground, they don’t need to spend more on extra bins.” Mrs Watson said she had no intention of leaving her rubbish there. Her message to others using the playground: “Take your rubbish home with you. If you’re going to bring a lot of rubbish with you, you should just take it home as well.” Mrs Watson said even if there were more bins, they would end up full and overflowing as well. “If anything, it would be nice to have a bin for recycling. But people would just end up putting rubbish in there too.” People would likely end up putting their household rubbish

‘If you’re going to bring a lot of rubbish with you, you should just take it home as well’ – Janine Watson FULL: New Brighton residents are calling for more bins, more frequent emptying times, or for people to take their rubbish home with them at the beachside playground. ​

in the bins if they were collected too often, she said. Janna Lee, said it was a shame people were dumping their rubbish. Development Christchurch chief executive Rob Hall said the playground has been very

popular since it opened. “In April/May, more play equipment will be added and we’ll have the opportunity to see how people are using the playground and respond,” Mr Hall said. “The use of rubbish bins on-


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site and around the playground is being monitored, with plans to bring in more bins if these are required.” He said based on the usage since the playground opened before Christmas, it is likely that another bin will be required.

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New Brighton issues across the airwaves •From page 1 Long-serving radio DJ Chris Diack is working with Ms Nuth to set up Radio New Brighton. He said the station, which has been eight years in the making, will have a strong focus on local programming and civil defence matters. “We will have the ability to go to air instantaneously in the event of another quake as we did in Kaikoura,” Mr Diack said. He set up a temporary studio broadcasting to New Brighton and Bexley after the February 22, 2011, earthquake. He did the same in Kaikoura following the November 14, 2016, earthquake, after hitching a ride up on a helicopter. It was a matter of local voices letting people know where they were going to get their next hot shower or where working toilets were, he said. There will be an official opening and launch at the studio on Marine Pde in the next couple of weeks. But details have not been finalised, Mr Diack said. The station has also locked in a second frequency, Country Radio 106.8FM, that would also broadcast local content, he said.

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