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Cannons Creek shopkeeper fed up with rubbish

BY ANDREA O'NEIL
Last updated 10:37 12/02/2013
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Andrea O'Neil

TRASH TALK: Cannons Creek shopkeeper Ali Mahmood is sick of the shabby state of the village centre.

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Cannons Creek is being neglected by Porirua City Council, a shop owner says, with rubbish not being picked up and streetlights out of order since October.

Lakeside Dairy owner Ali Mahmood says for six months council cleaners have been doing a poor job, rushing through their twice-daily clean or not showing up at all. When Kapi-Mana News visited last Thursday, an excessive amount of litter was scattered on footpaths and in gutters outside shops on Warspite Ave and Mungavin Ave.

"It's not clean," Mr Mahmood said. "It never used to be like this."

Aside from the appearance of the rubbish, it causes problems by blowing into shops and blocking drains. Every time there is heavy rain there is flooding in Lakeside Dairy's back room, Mr Mahmood said.

Another issue is five street lights outside the shops. They have not worked since October, Mr Mahmood says.

He has complained to the council about both issues but said nothing changes.

Mr Mahmood has paid rates as a business owner for 24 years and a resident for 30, and said it is not good enough.

The council received a complaint on November 15 about the street lights. It asked its contractor, Wellington Electricity, to fix the circuit fault, council general manager of asset management and operations Peter Bailey says. No complaints have been received since. The council assumed the problem was fixed, Mr Bailey said. It is being investigated now.

Council cleaners do the best job they can in Cannons Creek, Mr Bailey said. They empty the bins, pick up litter and blow loose litter into piles and sweep it up. The council has also repositioned rubbish bins to better locations, he said.

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