Smoked out

Central Leader - - LETTERS -

I won­der whether when or if the coun­cil has any plans to fur­ther re­strict or ban smok­ing out­side.

I love my job, but have the mis­for­tune to work in Do­min­ion Rd in the Bal­moral shop­ping area.

Ev­ery day I run the gaunt­let of busi­ness own­ers and pa­trons smok­ing at their front doors and blow­ing their smoke into the air.

It per­me­ates into our of­fice even with the front door shut.

There is a coun­cil worker who picks up stray lit­ter but the pave­ment and road­sides are lit­tered with cig­a­rette butts, th­ese peo­ple do not care about the en­vi­ron­ment, keep­ing it tidy, or other peo­ple.

The cig­a­rettes have a very strong smell, fur­ther adding to the nonen­joy­ment of work­ing in the area. Yuck! New Zealand. Thou­sands of dol­lars spent over the last 20 years on so­called ‘‘com­mu­nity li­ai­son’’ be­tween con­cerned res­i­dents, quarry own­ers Fletchers and the coun­cil has come to noth­ing as the SHA takes prece­dence.

Even the lo­cal board is a pawn and pow­er­less to act as the ‘‘big brother’’.

Se­nior coun­cil staff, Fletchers and the Gov­ern­ment dic­tate to a com­mu­nity fed up with hypocrisy.

Big smoke: Has smok­ing in public spa­ces had its day?

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