Long standing protestor Lewis Stanton will no longer be allowed to sleep on Trafalgar St if a proposed bylaw goes through.
Long standing protestor is back on Trafalgar St. Photo: Brittany Spencer.

Bylaw for Lewis Stanton?

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A bylaw could see long-time protestor Lewis Stanton kicked out of Nelson’s CBD.

Nelson City Council will seek feedback on “the type of environment that Nelsonians wish to encourage in the CBD”, the first step in the process of considering a bylaw.

The council says during recent discussions with Stanton, also known as Hone Ma Heke, he indicated that one of his grievances was to do with a 2011 trespass notice issued to prevent him from occupying council reserves.

That trespass notice was subsequently overturned by the district court.

“With the council’s support, the chief executive has since delivered a letter of apology to Lewis for that trespass notice however, Lewis has refused to accept the letter,” said a council spokesperson.Stanton has been protesting on Trafalgar St on and off for years, he spent a few nights in jail last month after it was alleged he punched the organiser of another protest, against his protest.

Stanton has been protesting on Trafalgar St on and off for years, he spent a few nights in jail last month after it was alleged he punched the organiser of another protest, against his protest.