Marching to show opposition to begging bylaw

A march is being organised for this afternoon to show people's opposition to the bylaw being propsed by Tauranga City Council. File photo.

People opposing a proposed bylaw to target begging in Tauranga are planning a community march today.

Last week, Tauranga City Council voted 6-2 in favour of the bylaw amendment at a Community and Culture Committee meeting yesterday, despite advice from legal council staff saying the bylaw would be unenforceable.

Protest organiser Tania Lewis-Rickard told Newshub the council has not thought the plan through.

"If you take something away from someone you have to replace it with something else, and that something hasn't been put in place yet."

People who want to take part in this afternoon’s march can meet on the corner of 3rd Ave and Devonport Road around 1pm.

The proposed bylaw will be included in the draft Street Use and Public Places Bylaw, which is set to go out for public consultation later this year.

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