Close the al­ley­ways now

South Waikato News - - OPINION -

Af­ter the as­sault of our par­ents in their Weka Place home we be­lieve it is im­per­a­tive to have the al­ley­way next door to their home closed.

The al­ley­ways were orig­i­nally built for the use of the mill work­ers catch­ing buses but this no longer ap­plies. They have be­come crim­i­nal gate­ways and this is of­ten lit­tered with used con­doms, bro­ken bot­tles and lit­ter which our fa­ther has cleaned up.

As re­cently as last week an­other as­sault took place in an­other al­ley­way.

As ratepay­ers of this town our el­derly par­ents are en­ti­tled to feel safe in their home but no longer do.

This is­sue was iden­ti­fied six years ago but was not con­sid­ered a pri­or­ity, it is now! Coun­cil has a re­spon­si­bil­ity to its ratepay­ers to rec­tify the sit­u­a­tion. Putting up gates or mov­ing the street light, as sug­gested by a cer­tain per­son is not ac­cept­able. The po­lice and the Toko­roa community have been fan­tas­tic in their sup­port. It is now coun­cil’s turn to step up and do the right thing. R McLean S Salale Toko­roa

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