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