A law for nuisance neighbours
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.