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Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -

Edi­tor,

In his Porirua Cham­ber of Com­merce pro­mo­tion piece [ KMN, Novem­ber 9] Simon Calvert looks for­ward to the new Porirua City Coun­cil ‘‘fur­ther­ing key projects, such as the Porirua Cen­tre Re­vi­tal­i­sa­tion Plan’’.

Af­ter pre­sent­ing us with the tired old slo­gans mas­querad­ing as sound rea­sons for the plan, he makes the as­ton­ish­ing claim that re­ju­ve­na­tion of the city cen­tre is es­sen­tial for Porirua to be a des­ti­na­tion re­tail hub.

Porirua is al­ready an im­por­tant re­tail cen­tre for the north­ern Welling­ton re­gion, at­tract­ing cus­tomers from ar­eas such as the Hutt Val­ley and Kapiti.

Has the Cham­ber of Com­merce con­sulted the re­tail­ers and other busi­nesses lo­cated in the North City mall and Mega Cen­tre? What do they think about the large amounts of ratepayer funds be­ing spent on an­other part of the busi­ness com­mu­nity?

Do they re­alise that their own or­gan­i­sa­tion is in col­lu­sion with the city coun­cil in pro­mot­ing com­pe­ti­tion with their com­mer­cial ac­tiv­i­ties?

Simon Calvert ac­knowl­edges that the new coun­cil faces an ex­tremely dif­fi­cult task bal­anc­ing the rates bur­den with de­liv­er­ing ser­vices. The task would be eas­ier if the coun­cil was not caught up in an­other grandiose and waste­ful scheme which would best be left to de­vel­op­ers and en­trepreneurs.

Are es­sen­tial ser­vices be­ing ne­glected or de­layed so that this scheme can be im­ple­mented?

Robert Shaw’s let­ter [ KMN, Oc­to­ber 5] sug­gests that it is prob­a­bly too late to stop ‘‘this high-risk jug­ger­naut’’. In his view the scheme will en­sure Porirua City rates re­main among the

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