‘Worst al­ley in NZ’ a no-go zone

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

An al­ley­way be­tween two streets in east­ern Porirua is be­com­ing a no-go zone for chil­dren, with bro­ken glass and dis­carded house­hold waste be­ing re­moved fre­quently by res­i­dents.

The pub­lic path be­tween Corinna and Kaituna streets is of­ten lit­tered with bro­ken glass. The back sec­tion of one house, about half­way up the al­ley­way, has be­come a dump­ing ground for bags of rub­bish, old car­pet, bot­tles, cans, an old baby seat and even soiled nap­pies, some spilling on to the path.

Res­i­dent Heni Real- NgataiKu­ru­rangi has taken it upon her­self to reg­u­larly clear the refuse away.

‘‘It must be one of the worst al­ley­ways in New Zealand, I’ve taken count­less bags of rub­bish out of there, but it keeps coming in. It’s dis­gust­ing. I can’t be­lieve peo­ple are do­ing it, es­pe­cially see­ing as there’s chil­dren around and they use the al­ley­way ev­ery day.’’

An­other neigh­bour, who did not want to be named, said the dump­ing has been go­ing on for months and the smell can get over­pow­er­ing.

Porirua City Coun­cil (PCC) road­ing man­ager Ge­off Mar­shall says the path­ways be­tween streets in Porirua are checked monthly. They will check this par­tic­u­lar one weekly from now on. It is im­por­tant the pub­lic ring the PCC’s call cen­tre on 237 5089 to report is­sues, he says.

‘‘We have a two-day re­sponse time but for in­stances where there is health and safety at risk our staff usu­ally at­tend straight away.’’

He would alert PCC’s en­vi­ron­men­tal stan­dards staff, who were likely to con­tact the homeowners or land­lord of the prop­erty where the rub­bish is spilling from.

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