Coun­cil mon­i­tor­ing ne­glected prop­erty

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

A derelict house in Ti­tahi Bay re­mains a con­cern for res­i­dents de­spite city coun­cil as­sur­ances it is not a safety haz­ard and that it will be mon­i­tored.

Kapi- Mana News re­ported 12 months ago that the prop­erty on Taupiri Cres, empty for sev­eral years, had been heav­ily graf­fi­tied, was a haunt for peo­ple af­ter dark and had an over­grown sec­tion.

Former city coun­cil­lor Don Bor­rie says it is ‘‘a sad com­men­tary on the care of our ur­ban en­vi­ron­ment’’ that the Porirua City Coun­cil has not taken ac­tion against the ab­sen­tee land­lord.

‘‘ It’s a fire haz­ard and has a de­bil­i­tat­ing ef­fect on other prop­er­ties nearby. Can the coun­cil not put more pres­sure on the owner to take re­me­dial ac­tion? There is a so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity is­sue here.’’

Mr Bor­rie said he is aware of young peo­ple go­ing in­side the house at times, which is dan­ger­ous.

Last year, the coun­cil cut the grass and boarded up the house, at the owner’s ex­pense.

The coun­cil’s chief ex­ec­u­tive Gary Simp­son says the owner lives in Auck­land, is of­ten overseas and can be dif­fi­cult to reach. It is not pos­si­ble to bring a pros­e­cu­tion against him un­der the Lo­cal Government Act and coun­cil staff would in­stead con­tinue to mon­i­tor the prop­erty.

Mr Simp­son said there needed to be a ‘‘high trig­ger point’’ in or­der for a house to be re­moved or de­mol­ished and his staff do not feel the prop­erty meets the cri­te­ria to be classed as a dan­ger­ous build­ing.

‘‘ We do not have un­fet­tered pow­ers. Is [the house] dan­ger­ous? No. We can­not stop some­one break­ing into it if they want to but we will keep an eye on it.’’

Hero hand­shake: Mana boy Liam Adam­son met Dennis Rod­er­ick, the truckie who saved his life, at an awards cer­e­mony last Wed­nes­day. With Liam are his par­ents Ja­son Adam­son and Michelle Barr.

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