A Palmerston North man has threatened to pour concrete over council-installed traffic chicanes because he believes magic mushrooms are growing there.
The man, who did not want his name used for fear of retribution from drug users, said he had seen people pick magic mushrooms from traffic chicanes near his Moheke Ave home. The chicanes, designed to reduce speed, feature bark-lined gardens and plants.
"You get all of these deadbeats digging up the bark looking for them," he said. "It's no good because there are kids around."
When he contacted the city council, a staffer told him a "course of action" had been taken.
"They come and pick them but they'll grow back the next day."
The man wants the bark to be removed or covered. "If they don't go and do something, I'll concrete over them myself."
Roading manager Graeme Tong said the council would take action if mushrooms were found on the chicanes. Detective Sergeant Dave Thompson said magic mushrooms were not prevalent in Palmerston North, but had been found near Massey University in the past. Mr Thompson said anyone who saw people suspiciously gathering mushroom should contact authorities.
By JONATHON HOWE - Manawatu Standard
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