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Consultation on street use bylaw closing soon

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People are running out of time to have their say on Tauranga City Council's proposal to remove the begging and rough sleeping provisions in the street use bylaw adopted last year.

Council is proposing to remove the bylaw because it considers a bylaw is not the most appropriate way of addressing the perceived problem in relation to begging and rough sleeping in Tauranga, says a council spokesperson.

The begging and rough sleeping provisions in the current bylaw are as follows:

  •   •  20.2 No person shall beg in a public place within five metres of a public entrance to retail premises within defined areas in the CBD, Greerton and Mount Maunganui.

  •   •  20.3 No person shall rough sleep within five metres of a retail premises within defined areas in the CBD, Greerton and Mount Maunganui.

"An overview of the proposed changes to the bylaw and why Council proposes to make them, the draft bylaw and an online submission form are available at the same link.

"Paper copies are available at the customer service centre at 91 Willow Street and in libraries."

Hearing of submissions will take place on Wednesday, January 29, and deliberations are scheduled for Thursday, February 20.

What do you think?

Consultation closes at 5pm on Friday, December 20 – have your say today at www.tauranga.govt.nz/streetuse 

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Pandering at its worst

Posted on 17-12-2019 00:49 | By Old Bloke

Why doesn’t the Council grow a set and look after the interests of the majority of its citizens. This mayor ran on a ticket of Leadership and bring TGA together. This proposal in my view shows lack of leadership and certainly not a way to bring the City together. But I guess that was electioneering rhetoric to get votes. The reality is different eh?