Tinkerbell?s toilets bad for children

By DAWN COHEN

TOILETS in the planned Tinkerbell shopping centre will attract paedophiles, police warn.

But developer Chris Condon wants Ballina Shire Council to ignore police advice.

Senior Constable Michael Hogan, from Richmond Local Area Command, said the toilet facilities in the development application were located down a corridor, making them a prime target for paedophiles and drug users.

"It is not acceptable," said the expert in crime prevention through environmental design.

He draws his conclusion from anecdotal evidence, local intelligence and extensive research.

The council made relocation of the toilet facilities conditional for approval.

But in an application to yesterday's council meeting Mr Condon wants it to ignore police advice and remove the condition.

Mr Condon's submission argued that the corridor would be under video surveillance. Management offices used the corridor and it would be partially visible from Big W.

However, Sen Const Hogan said yesterday that none of these measures would adequately reduce the risk to children.

"Video cameras don't stop crime," he said.

"Children's welfare is paramount."

Mr Condon also wants the council to forget about the $806,000 Road Contribution Fee routinely required from developments.

At last month's council meeting Mr Condon asked that the condition that he relocate his loading docks be rescinded as a matter of urgency. The council acquiesced, but did not follow correct procedure.

Now all three matters are to be deferred until next month, again on Mr Condon's request.

"If it was so urgent last month, how come it can be deferred till next month," asked Cr Keith Johnson at yes- terday's meeting.



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