Teen van­dals caught on canopies’ CCTV

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

The de­struc­tion of one of the flower planters un­der the Canopies in Porirua on Jan­uary 31 was the sec­ond such in­ci­dent in a month, says the ‘‘dis­mayed’’ man­ager of the CBD’s re­tail­ers as­so­ci­a­tion. The planters were put in by Porirua City Coun­cil late in 2010, to give the cen­tral city area ‘‘some much-needed colour’’, says Canopy Con­nec­tion man­ager Eric Jones.

They are not cheap to put to­gether, he says and is an­noyed they’ve been sub­jected to van­dal­ism, es­pe­cially one at the Serlby Pl end.

‘‘We’re not get­ting a lot of dam­age and graf­fiti [in the CBD] at the moment, and po­lice and coun­cil are work­ing hard to get rid of any­thing that ap­pears quite quickly, but you do have spikes of it.

‘‘For these planters to get tar­geted is a pain, be­cause it adds life into this area.

‘‘We don’t want res­i­dents and vis­i­tors to Porirua to have to see them all ripped apart.’’

There are 16 cam­eras placed in dif­fer­ent ar­eas un­der the Canopies, with a screen at the Porirua po­lice sta­tion watch­house.

Mr Jones says three teenage girls were seen caus­ing the dam­age, be­tween 8pm and 11pm, and hope­fully will be iden­ti­fied.

What he wants is the pub­lic and re­tail­ers to ‘‘keep their eyes open’’ and con­tinue to re­port any crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity to po­lice im­me­di­ately, es­pe­cially af­ter dark.

‘‘What we’re try­ing to do is cre­ate a pos­i­tive en­vi­ron­ment in the city cen­tre, and [graf­fiti and van­dal­ism] works against that. This is about city pride and tak­ing some own­er­ship.’’

Mr Jones hopes PCC is able to even­tu­ally have planters un­der the Canopies year round, us­ing dif­fer­ent, sea­sonal flow­ers to en­sure a colour­ful set­ting.

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