Begging ban needed in Creek
I refer to the Kapi-Mana News article on February 14 on the council ruling out a begging ban.
I believe a ban is the only effective response against increasingly aggressive begging activity in the Cannons Creek shopping area.
If we have banned liquor store owners from setting up shop in this area, then why not beggars? Regular police patrol will not eliminate the issue.
Apparently the reduction in crime within the CBD was a result of the removal of canopies, at a relatively significant cost. What would it cost to introduce the ban and curb the potential crime associated with begging and the reasons for it - drugs and alcohol?
This shopping area doesn’t have a ‘canopy’ as such yet the threatening, intimidating, loitering behaviour and potential for crime associated with begging still remains.
The council needs to adequately deal with this growing issue now before it turns into a bigger nut they HAVE to crack.
I’ve seen the elderly approached for money and recently even a very young girl was approached by one youth who was with two others.
If beggars find approaching adults not to be productive will they resort to more vulnerable age groups?
The council and police can not guarantee the safety of the customers when begging activity escalates - which usually happens when their addiction escalates and particular drugs become easier to obtain.
So if the council allow this to continue, local shoppers will end up buying their wares in the CBD area instead.
The council and police need to revisit the ban proposal (and implement it) because the ambulance at the bottom of the cliff approach is unacceptable.
David Dahya Porirua East
Over on Neighbourly we asked for feedback on the continued closure of the Porirua central police station at the weekend. We asked whether Porirua residents thought the station needed to be open on Saturday and Sunday.
GLENN BROWN FROM ASCOT PARK
Yes, in case of any thing that needs reporting, rather than have people wait until the next week. It gets rather annoying if you need to wait on hold to the central police station and sometimes the phone never gets answered at all when you press the after-hours button at Porirua police station.
REUBEN PAKU FROM RANUI
Porirua City does need a police service, but it doesn’t need the station front desk manned on the weekend. As long as officers are available from the site for quick response to incidents, then that should be the minimum requirement.
JULIA FITZGERALD FROM TAWA
Yes it should be open. It’s one of those essential services most of us would expect to be available at weekends.
PAUL TOMLINSON FROM TAWA
Absolutely it should be open, problems don’t stop because of the weekend.
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A letter writer this week calls for the council to deal with the beggars in Cannons Creek.