Po­lice and coun­cil so­lu­tion for beg­ging

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The story of the beg­ging at the Can­nons Creek shop­ping cen­tre pro­voked plenty of com­ments from Porirua peo­ple.

Busi­ness own­ers had said cus­tomers were stay­ing away from their stores and it was only a mat­ter of time be­fore vi­o­lence ex­ploded be­tween those who beg for money and the peo­ple who visit the cen­tre.

We asked who you thought should be solv­ing the prob­lem on Neigh­bourly and 87.7 per cent said it should be a com­bined ef­fort be­tween po­lice and coun­cil to solve the prob­lem.

Only 6 per­cent said it was purely an is­sue for po­lice and 5.3 per cent said it was up to coun­cil to solve. Over on so­cial me­dia, Chelsea Roimata Duncan said the prob­lem was an­noy­ing but she didn’t feel threat­ened.

‘‘Not sure what you can do about it,’’ she said.

‘‘Pull a knife out like some­one did the other week that made one beg­gar leave...and fast.’’

Ali­cia Mann said she avoided vis­it­ing the area with her chil­dren.

‘‘Own­ers of the stores have told them to move away & stop both­er­ing pub­lic but they still stand there ask­ing for change.’’

Steve Kenny said peo­ple should just refuse to give money and sug­gested another way to help peo­ple.

‘‘Make an ex­tra ef­fort to sup­port agen­cies like Sal­va­tion Army when the red shield ap­peal hap­pens.’’

The news Porirua would be get­ting it’s first in­ner-city apart­ments re­ceived mixed re­views over on Neigh­bourly.

PAUL RUSHFORTH FROM WHITBY

An in­ter­est­ing devel­op­ment, but I’m not re­ally sure what the tar­get mar­ket is at what price point. It’s hardly Cuba street, is it?

MALIA TANIELU FROM CAN­NONS CREEK

Good idea I think, after all, there re­ally is noth­ing left at the CBD so might as well turn it into some­thing that makes money.

Too many empty build­ings at CBD and hope the apart­ments don’t fall in the empty build­ing cat­e­gory.

ANTONIA ALLUM FROM PA­PAKOWHAI

Would love to see a ‘‘beau­ti­fi­ca­tion’’ clause in­cluded in coun­cil’s per­mis­sion. This has worked well in parts of Welling­ton where a CBD devel­op­ment has had to in­clude an ar­chi­tec­tural/art as­pect that adds to the beau­ti­fi­ca­tion of the cit

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PHOTO: VIR­GINIA FAL­LON/FAIR­FAX NZ

Peo­ple beg­ging for money out­side the Can­nons Creek shops in Porirua has been a hot topic of con­ver­sa­tion re­cently.

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