Simon Calvert, the executive director of the Porirua Chamber of Commerce, has written in defence of the proposal to rejuvenate the city centre [ KMN, September 7].
He fails to address an important objection raised by previous correspondents. Porirua City is already well-served by other shopping centres.
What businesses and retailers in the North City mall and MegaCentre are expected to close and move to the revitalised city centre? Is there an optimum number of shop-front retailers and other businesses that the city can sensibly absorb?
Most of the Porirua mayoral candidates either oppose or have strong reservations about the city centre upgrade. Their restraint is commendable, especially in an election year.
The new mayor and council must take a fresh look at this costly proposal. Porirua ratepayers are entitled to expect a more prudent use of council funds.
Mr Calvert’s comments about the CBD canopies are not reassuring. He claims the building owners and their tenants in the CBD pay a targeted rate to repay a loan which paid for the canopies. Does Porirua City Council have no financial interest in or responsibility for the canopies?
Mr Calvert is correct to request the views of the small group of building and business owners be listened to, but his remarks about the life of the canopies coming to a close and their imminent removal suggests he may not be prepared to listen to other viewpoints.
He and the group he represents have apparently already made up their minds.
The canopies’ fate is not the main issue, it is only part of the larger proposal to involve the council in a multi-million dollar City Centre Revitalisation Plan. Is this how Porirua citizens want their rates spent? The new council should make a decision which will benefit all of the city’s ratepayers. - ROSS PIPER,
Titahi Bay possibility of council charging for parking in the CBD. Their argument seems to be ‘‘the lack of daytime parking for shoppers’’.
I find this difficult to believe with the amount of available car parks in and around the CBD on a daily basis. Councillor Euon Murrell states ‘‘the reality is that parts of the city centre are going to be metered’’.
Has the community of Porirua been consulted or is the council just going to ram it down our throats? I challenge Mr Murrell to take a walk in and around the CBD on a work day and count the actual number of un-used car parks available.
Porirua has some of the highest rates in the country and now the council wants to add paid parking to that burden.
A question for council: When was the last time a shopper made a complaint because they could not find a car park?
If council truly have local businesses and residents at heart then keep the free parking, otherwise it’s just another revenue-gathering exercise for the council.
If partial paid parking is