Elderly residents upset

LETTER

Re: Government arrogance.

With a minimum, if any, consultation with neighbours, the Department of Corrections is going ahead with the establishment of residential accommodation for newly-released prisoners from our prison system at a property at 62 Abbott Street, Te Hapara.

This property will house three, sometimes four, such people at a time. Monitoring of these residents will be contracted from Corrections to the Salvation Army who, despite their best intentions, will have little authority over their behaviour.

This property is very close to our retirement complex — with only an empty section between it and our rear fence.

The residents of our complex of 37 units are elderly and in the main widowed ladies and all are, understandably, upset at this development.

Without exception, safety and security was a major factor in purchasing here.

This proposal to house released prisoners in this neighbourhood will destroy the peace of mind of this vulnerable group of ratepayers.

Alan Officer, chairman, Sycamore Park Body Corporate

Re: Government arrogance.

With a minimum, if any, consultation with neighbours, the Department of Corrections is going ahead with the establishment of residential accommodation for newly-released prisoners from our prison system at a property at 62 Abbott Street, Te Hapara.

This property will house three, sometimes four, such people at a time. Monitoring of these residents will be contracted from Corrections to the Salvation Army who, despite their best intentions, will have little authority over their behaviour.

This property is very close to our retirement complex — with only an empty section between it and our rear fence.

The residents of our complex of 37 units are elderly and in the main widowed ladies and all are, understandably, upset at this development.

Without exception, safety and security was a major factor in purchasing here.

This proposal to house released prisoners in this neighbourhood will destroy the peace of mind of this vulnerable group of ratepayers.

Alan Officer, chairman, Sycamore Park Body Corporate

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Joy Hughes - 10 months ago
It is totally unreasonable to place ex-prisoners in a residential area such as Abbot Street. There will be no supervised control over these people and only after they reoffend will any action take place. Sad consolation for the new victims.
As these people are replaced every three months, the residents in that area have no idea who will be living there. What is wrong with the Salvation Army housing the ex-prisoners in their own building in town? There they could contribute with some working scheme.