‘Homeless’ who decline help need to abide by rules

LETTER

Gisborne District Council and local police are to be applauded for their action in finally moving out the few who have been residing under our Peel Street Bridge now for several months.

As quoted in The Gisborne Herald on February 5, both our police and GDC have made efforts to help those camped under the bridge. It is obvious that they choose to decline help and push the boundaries around “freedom camping”.

However, consider the close proximity to an early childhood education facility, along with the fact that there was zero sanitation.

Reports to the authorities came from members of the public witnessing defecating on the footpath and into the river, intimidating behaviour and an assault. This was a major health and safety issue (rats are under the bridge); simply, these people need to go home or be rehoused.

Yes it is a community issue and it is clear that Tairawhiti does have a wide range of support agencies that are here to help those who are more vulnerable. If they decline the help, then they need to abide by our community rules.

One of those who complained

Gisborne District Council and local police are to be applauded for their action in finally moving out the few who have been residing under our Peel Street Bridge now for several months.

As quoted in The Gisborne Herald on February 5, both our police and GDC have made efforts to help those camped under the bridge. It is obvious that they choose to decline help and push the boundaries around “freedom camping”.

However, consider the close proximity to an early childhood education facility, along with the fact that there was zero sanitation.

Reports to the authorities came from members of the public witnessing defecating on the footpath and into the river, intimidating behaviour and an assault. This was a major health and safety issue (rats are under the bridge); simply, these people need to go home or be rehoused.

Yes it is a community issue and it is clear that Tairawhiti does have a wide range of support agencies that are here to help those who are more vulnerable. If they decline the help, then they need to abide by our community rules.

One of those who complained

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