Drain dan­ger

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

A num­ber of drain cov­ers be­ing stolen in Porirua rep­re­sents a po­ten­tial dan­ger to pedes­tri­ans and cy­clists, and is a cost the city coun­cil can ill-af­ford.

That’s the mes­sage from mayor Nick Leggett af­ter he got word four of the cast iron cov­ers were prised off in one street in Taka­puwahia on the night of De­cem­ber 9. Coun­cil staff have told him 18 have been taken in the past month alone.

While the scrap value for the cov­ers is low, the large num­ber stolen have cost about $10,000 to re­place.

‘‘I think it is some­thing worth high­light­ing be­cause there is a dan­ger some­one, es­pe­cially kids, could fall in these holes, not to men­tion the an­noy­ance for cy­clists and cars. It’s a sig­nif­i­cant cost to the coun­cil, as new ones have to be cast, and I’m sure ratepay­ers don’t want that.’’

Mr Leggett is ask­ing that res­i­dents be on the look­out and re­port any sus­pi­cious ac­tiv­ity. ‘‘I’d like these peo­ple caught and stopped.’’ Porirua City Coun­cil’s gen­eral man­ager of as­set man­age­ment and op­er­a­tions Peter Bai­ley says these types of drain cov­ers are easy to lift up and can be found through­out the city. He said he was dis­ap­pointed at the theft of them, es­pe­cially as there is not much re­turn for the thieves.

‘‘They’re prob­a­bly be­ing smashed up but I don’t imag­ine they’ll be get­ting a lot of re­turn for them.’’

Cover us: Porirua Mayor Nick Leggett in Te Arataura St, Taka­puwahia, last week, where four of the drain cov­ers were stolen.

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