Police and council solution for begging
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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WHAT THEY SAID
People begging for money outside the Cannons Creek shops in Porirua has been a hot topic of conversation recently.