Police reckon coverage fine without 24/7

A range of topics, from policing to radio, were covered at the Mosgiel-Taieri Community Board’s latest meeting.

About 20 members of the public were there to observe the meeting, the most in a long time.

The meeting started with a moment’s silence in honour of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

Sergeant John Cunningham, from the Mosgiel Police Station, was there to update board members, but said there were no big issues in the area and things were going well.

In response to a question about whether there could be a police presence in Mosgiel 24/7 — there are a few hours per day when an officer is not based there — Sgt Cunningham said in the past 12 months there were only 54 calls during unmanned periods.

That was one call every 6.7 days, which was relatively minimal, he said.

If police were needed in Mosgiel, they could get there quickly from Dunedin.

Jeanine Benson. Photo: ODT files
Jeanine Benson. Photo: ODT files
"We are well covered."

Bush Rd resident Trevor Buchanan expressed his concerns for children’s safety regarding the Mosgiel-Taieri Safer School Streets project, in particular, the position of a crossing in Bush Rd.

After the council proposed a trial closure of Montrose and Berwick Sts at the intersection of Bush Rd, Mr Buchanan surveyed 60 households, the majority of which opposed the idea.

Dunedin City Council transport group manager Jeanine Benson confirmed the road closures would not go ahead.

The safer school streets trial has ended.

Enterprise Dunedin marketing manager Malcolm Anderson updated the board on the Destination Dunedin Plan.

A majority of board members voted to resume its spot on Otago Access Radio’s Round the Boards, which costs $240.

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