A law for nui­sance neigh­bours

South Waikato News - - Your Local News - DANIEL HUTCHIN­SON

Nui­sance neigh­bours and derelict prop­er­ties are cov­ered by a new by­law pro­posed by the South Waikato Dis­trict Coun­cil.

The law is one of 13 that have been added or re­viewed by the coun­cil.

The Prop­erty Main­te­nance and Nui­sance By­law is de­signed to crack down on un­tidy prop­er­ties said deputy mayor Jeff Gash.

‘‘This new by­law has been de­vel­oped to help the coun­cil put some pres­sure on private prop­erty own­ers to tidy un­kempt and derelict prop­er­ties,’’ Gash said.

‘‘Cur­rent con­trols mean the coun­cil can do very lit­tle in the ‘private prop­erty’ space but this by­law gives us a bit more abil­ity to en­force tidy up of prop­er­ties that are derelict.’’

He said the by­law had been de­vel­oped in re­sponse to a ‘‘con­sid­er­able’’ num­ber of public re­quests and sub­mis­sions over the past few years.

‘‘To get rid of or spruce up un­sightly private prop­erty that has a neg­a­tive im­pact on our dis­trict.’’ Hash said. said.

The new by­laws are now open for public con­sul­ta­tion [un­til Oc­to­ber 13].

Other by­laws be­ing changed con­cern things like busk­ing, beg­ging and win­dow wash­ing, dog con­trol, free­dom camp­ing and speed lim­its.

An­other pro­posal would ban al­co­hol on ru­ral walk­ways like Te Wai­hou Walk­way and in­tro­duce other mea­sures to con­trol is­sues that arise from time to time.

‘‘By­laws allow the coun­cil to ex­er­cise some con­trol over prac­tises in the dis­trict,’’ said plan­ning man­ager Alan Moss.

‘‘Some ex­am­ples are de­cid­ing where dogs can be ex­er­cised off leash, set­ting ap­pro­pri­ate ur­ban speed lev­els, ad­ver­tis­ing sig­nage rules in public places, deal­ing with nui­sance caused by an­i­mals in the ur­ban area, busk­ing, beg­ging and ve­hi­cle win­dow wash­ing in our CBD ar­eas, free­dom camp­ing per­mis­sions, con­trols and lo­ca­tions, ban­ning al­co­hol on ru­ral walk­ways like Te Wai­hou for in­stance, and a host of other con­trols to deal with is­sues that arise from time to time.’’

The by­laws that the coun­cil is con­sult­ing on are listed on its web­site south­waikato.govt.nz. Doc­u­men­ta­tion is also avail­able from the coun­cil of­fices. Most of the by­laws are al­ready in ex­is­tence but have some amend­ments. Car theft A 13 year old boy who was known to po­lice has been dealt with for steal­ing a ve­hi­cle from Toko­roa.

He was ap­pre­hended in Ro­torua af­ter driv­ing it over there. The car was some­what dam­aged.

The key mes­sage here is to know what your chil­dren are do­ing and to pro­vide good par­ent­ing right from day one.

In spe­cial cases youths can be taken be­fore the court and this child is one of those cases. He will be charged but it is up to the Crown what that will en­tail not the po­lice. Fam­ily harm There were 19 fam­ily harm in­ci­dents for the week. From these there were three ar­rests.

*Se­nior Sergeant Ja­son Hen­der­son.

‘‘By­laws allow the coun­cil to ex­er­cise some con­trol over prac­tises in the dis­trict.’’

Changes to dog rules have been in­tro­duced in one of the South Waikato Dis­trict Coun­cil’s thir­teen re­viewed by­laws.

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