Letter - Area attracts prostitution

BARRY BOURKE
Last updated 06:49 03/11/2012

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The Hamilton City Council has spent millions of dollars tarting up Hood St and the southern end of Victoria St.

We see today a report that a group of people want to convert the old BNZ building - commonly known as The Bank, on the corner of Victoria and Hood streets - into a strip joint.

The fact that this group sees the result of the city council's efforts and the ratepayers' hard-earned money as best suited to be the location for a strip joint is a good indication of the standard of the city council's planning ability.

This end of town has slowly but surely turned into a seedy red-light district.

There seems little doubt that the millions of dollars spent on Hood and Victoria streets have been pretty much a total waste, which will become more evident as the area becomes the centre for prostitution, drugs, excess alcohol consumption and, ultimately, more crime.

BARRY BOURKE

Hamilton

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