Drugs proposal surprises council
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’’.