Fee waiver for quake rubbish

Seddon residents can dump rubbish and damaged household items for free this week if they were caused by the earthquakes which have jolted the area.

The issue of skips available to residents was raised at a meeting held in Seddon on Thursday evening.

Marlborough District Council staff were at the meeting and recorded residents' concerns and ideas of how to manage quake-related incidents.

Skips are available to the public at the Starborough Tavern car park off Goulter St and at the open ground next to the pool in Seymour St.

Dump fees at the Seddon transfer station have been wiped until Sunday and people can dump their rubbish at the station between 9am and 4pm.

A council spokeswoman said residents were being asked to be sensible about what they put in the skips and to take large items directly to the transfer station.

The spokeswoman also said that community development adviser Lyne Reeves was working with the Awatere Community Trust to provide information about support services available to elderly people experiencing quake-related stress.

The next Awatere Community bulletin would include a flier with information on the available services.

Council was also exploring long-term solutions to provide Seddon with radio service.

A meeting was held with a Marlborough radio station and information on connecting to Wellington radio stations would be included in the flier.

The Marlborough Express