Fight to stop brothel from expanding

The Dominion Post 03 March 2009

Mt Victoria residents, upset about a local brothel, have taken the Wellington City Council to court over consent to employ more prostitutes. The Lovely Lilly brothel in Pirie St opened in 2006 and gained council approval last year to increase its number of prostitutes from three to five. Residents complained of illegally parked cars, intimidating men, and a client sleeping in his car. The brothel was busiest from 11am to 3pm on weekdays.

Yesterday, Justice Robert Dobson reserved his decision on whether the council had correctly granted the consent under the Resource Management Act without notifying residents, and if a section of the Prostitution Reform Act dealing with whether a brothel was likely to cause serious offence, was properly considered. Residents Association lawyer Tom Bennion said residents felt there was now a big difference in the way the neighbourhood looked and felt. There were concerns about safety and children in the area.