A suburb of Sydney in New South Wales, Australia has noticed that there are some problems with the location of three Pokéstops in Pokémon Go. Rhodes, Australia has asked Niantic to remove two of the three Pokéstops in question.
City of Canada Bay General Manager Gary Sawyer told Domain that because of the influx of Pokémon Go players, a fire department had trouble reaching an apartment fire, traffic accidents have occurred and motorcycles are being used on cycle and footpaths to get around the accidents.
The Pokéstops in question are in a small park. Sawyer said to Domain that while there are Pokéstops in the governing areas, the ones in the small park are more important.
“We have Pokéstops and gyms throughout our local government area, but the intensity of activity in this small park is cause for concern,” Sawyer says. “For this reason, we are asking that two of the three Pokéstops be removed.”
Resident of one of the apartment complexes near the park, Sunghoon Choi said that the Pokéstops in the park have been chaotic:
There is loud shouting throughout the night, people dumping rubbish and cigarette butts and constant traffic jams. I think the constant traffic in the area is now creating a lot of chaos here for residents.
The Pokéstops in Rhodes hasn’t been all bad. Business owners in the area are glad that the influx in Pokémon Go players has put Rhodes on the map.
Pacific Building Management Group’s Rhodes Precinct Manager Antoni Gerich noted that players are jumping over fences in order to catch Pokémon which has been trouble for those that were trying to sleep. Even though he says that this has been a problem for the residents of the apartments, he says that not all of the residents have issues with the Pokéstops, as there are local players who enjoy going to the park to catch Pokémon.
Choi thinks that removing two of the three Pokéstops will help remove the chaos near the apartment complex and hopes that Niantic acts soon in order to fix the problems the Pokéstops have caused.