Van­dals tar­get re­serve

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A small Auck­land re­serve has be­come a hot spot for late night drink­ing ses­sions of up to 100 peo­ple, de­spite a liquor ban be­ing in place.

Mt Welling­ton’s Ber­trand Re­serve has been the tar­get of van­dal­ism for the past six months, leav­ing res­i­dents and lo­cal busi­ness own­ers feel­ing un­safe.

Res­i­dents are faced with large amounts of bro­ken glass bot­tles, rub­bish and scorched ground from bon­fires fol­low­ing fre­quent Fri­day and Satur­day night par­ties in the park.

A nearby busi­ness owner, who wanted to be known only as Frans, said the park was be­ing de­stroyed and it was spilling into the neigh­bour­ing busi­ness area.

He said the prob­lem would only get worse un­less ac­tion was taken.

‘‘I have to spend thou­sands of dol­lars on se­cu­rity to pro­tect my busi­ness area.’’

Auck­land Coun­cil’s head of op­er­a­tional man­age­ment and main­te­nance Agnes McCor­mack said there had been is­sues with dis­carded bot­tles in the re­serve.

The liquor ban which cov­ers the re­serve had been in place since Oc­to­ber 2015, from 10pm to 7am dur­ing day­light sav­ing and 7pm to 7am out­side day­light sav­ing.

McCor­mack said the re­serve un­der­went weekly site ser­vic­ing, but coun­cil would look at in­creas­ing the fre­quency and level of the ser­vic­ing.

CA­TRIN OWEN/STUFF

Frans, who owns a busi­ness near Ber­trand Re­serve, says he’s beefed up se­cu­rity due to drink­ing in the park.

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