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Hoon Hay residents fed up with mental health patients' `extreme' behaviour

Brooke Jenner
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Pauline King has lived on Tankerville Road for 33 years. Brooke Jenner

Hoon Hay residents want mental health patients supervised on outings after years of disturbances in their neighbourhood.

Hoon Hay residents are angry at mental health patients who "crawl in the street" for cigarette butts, rummage through rubbish bins, defecate in public and verbally abuse locals. 

The patients live at private facility Hoon Hay House, in Anvers Place, which caters for people who require specialist mental health care and are allowed offsite.

Residents and local business owners will meet with their local MP, Labour's Megan Woods, next week to discuss the patients' behaviour.

Tankerville Rd resident Pauline King said trouble began when the facility, owned by the Golden Healthcare Group, was established in 2011.

"I've been here for 33 years and I haven't seen anything like it."

King claimed items, including a school bag, playset mirror and a ride-on toy had been taken from her section by Hoon Hay House patients.

Her daughter, Kerry-Anne, said she had contacted Hoon Hay House more than 10 times in the last six years to report patient behaviour, but management "haven't done anything about it".

"It's not just for our safety but for the patients' safety too," King said.

Anvers Place resident Sue Henry said three female patients sat outside the Coppell Place shops and begged for money. 

"If you cross the road they will follow you and beg for money," she said. "It's a daily occurrence now.

"There are little kids up at the shops unsupervised," Henry said. "What if the patients get abusive with them?

"The staff need to take a serious look at how patients are supervised."

Residents said the patients' behaviour was ``extreme'' and they should be supervised on outings. 

Hoon Hay House is a private facility owned by the Golden Healthcare Group.

Hillmorton High School student Amber-Rose Leathem said the women "bang on car windows" and "go off at you if you don't give them money".

"It's not good for young students to see them drinking alcohol and soiling themselves outside the dairy."

Golden Healthcare Group corporate services manager David Sidaway said it understood the residents' frustration and was "always working" to improve patient supervision in public areas. 

Sidaway said the Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB) referred patients to the facility and would work closely with Golden Healthcare Group to address residents' concerns.

CDHB spokeswoman Carolyn Gullery said it had discussed with Hoon Hay House "how they are planning to engage with residents". 

"One option they are considering is a letter drop to invite people to an open day at the mental health facility."

Woods said she would "discuss potential next steps" with residents and local business owners in a meeting next Friday.

CDHB records show approximately 5.8 per cent of Canterbury's population are receiving mental health services through general practice, community organisations and the CDHB.