Drugs pro­posal sur­prises coun­cil

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

The sug­ges­tion that legal highs should be sold in premises off Mana Es­planade or Kenepuru Drive, rather than the Porirua city cen­tre, raised city coun­cil­lors’ eye­brows re­cently.

Porirua Po­lice Sergeant Jonathan Westrupp and An­drea Bolton, a Re­gional Public Health med­i­cal of­fi­cer, pre­sented to Te Komiti on April 16, re­spond­ing to the coun­cil’s im­mi­nent pol­icy on the lo­ca­tion of premises that can sell legal highs.

Westrupp said the CBD was not the ideal place for legal highs to be sold and went against the coun­cil’s city cen­tre re­vi­tal­i­sa­tion plans.

‘‘ Mana Es­planade or Kene- puru Drive would be bet­ter, so you do not get loi­ter­ing af­ter pur­chase,’’ he said. ‘‘A high vol­ume of traf­fic, so buy­ers can be seen, would be more ef­fec­tive.’’

Coun­cil­lor Bron­wyn Kropp said it made sense to have legal highs sold where po­lice could be de­ployed quickly. Mayor Nick Leggett called the Kenepuru and Mana ideas ‘‘buck pass­ing’’.

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