An­tics rub­bished

Kapi-Mana News - - NEW - By KRIS DANDO

Bro­ken bot­tles, dumped rub­bish and ‘‘night-time ac­tiv­i­ties’’ at a Porirua East car park are rais­ing the ire of a nearby res­i­dent, but po­lice are promis­ing to keep an eye on the area.

Bob Turner says the car park at 5 Bed­ford St – owned by Porirua City Coun­cil – is a reg­u­lar week­end hang­out for young peo­ple drink­ing al­co­hol. He has had bot­tles thrown into his yard and each Mon­day finds bot­tles ly­ing around.

It is also a dump site for any­thing from chairs to tele­vi­sions, along with other house­hold rub­bish, he says.

‘‘I’d love to see it bet­ter po­liced and some good lighting put up there to de­ter peo­ple from park­ing in the shad­ows and drink­ing.

‘‘It’s just a booze area and you can guar­an­tee that’s not all that hap­pens up there.

‘‘I’ve rung the coun­cil fre­quently and they do come and clean it up, but not un­til I make a fuss. I get charged a lot in my rates and I just want some peace and quiet from these night­time ac­tiv­i­ties.’’

A PCC spokes­woman told Kapi-Mana News the car park is on a ‘‘reg­u­lar main­te­nance sched­ule’’, where lit­ter is re­moved.

She says res­i­dents should contact the coun­cil on 237 5089 if they notice rub­bish ac­cu­mu­lat­ing.

Rob Gre­gory, from the Can­nons Creek­based Neigh­bour­hood Polic­ing Team, says they are ‘‘ def­i­nitely aware’’ of the car park and the af­ter- dark ac­tiv­i­ties.

Pho­tos: AN­DREA O’NEIL

Hear­ing aid: A bell inside a ball means blind­folded Camp­bell Jenins, 7, Andy Mak­lakov, 7, and Shan­non Niz­niak, 11, have to use dif­fer­ent senses to play.

Dump­ing ground: The car park has be­come lit­tered with rub­bish and is some­where af­ter-dark ac­tiv­i­ties oc­cur, an­noy­ing one lo­cal res­i­dent.

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