Trucks constanly dumping quake rubble upset neighbours

6:05 pm on 18 July 2012

Christchurch residents with homes near an earthquake dump site say constant noise, dust and vibrations from passing trucks make it feel like they are living on a motorway.

Rubble and debris has been taken to the Burwood Resource Recovery Park in the east of the city since the February 2011 earthquake and is expected to continue for years.

Tumara Park Residents Association chair Phoebe Thompson says her house is a metre away from the main thoroughfare where a truck passes by every minute during the day, and every 10 minutes at night.

"It creates a huge amount of dust that is completely coating people's properties, their washing lines, and the noise is incredible. And not just that, at night time they're using flashing orange hazard lights which come through all of our curtains ... and wake us up as they come past."

Mrs Thompson is one of several locals who have tried but failed to sell their houses in order to leave the area.

Christchurch City Council water and waste manager Mark Christison says restrictions on disruptions like flashing lights are being put in place and truck drivers could be banned if they don't stick to the new rules.

Mr Christison says the expensive task of relocating the entrance to the site is also being considered.