Not enough parks
As it was raining, I parked my car at Super Cheap Auto’s parking lot for 21⁄ hours while I went to the library for quiet reading.
The parking lot is located next to the library and has an access way to it also. I previously have never encountered any trouble parking there for a few hours while I do research or reading. I decided to park there.
However, this time I got a parking ticket. Yes, there are signs that say no parking for more than two hours but there are only five to six free all-day parks closely located to the library. All other parking near the library has limited time parking restriction.
Porirua City is very well known. The majority of the library users come to the library by car to study, read, research, dine and see exhibits. Two hours is sometimes not enough for some people and families to complete their task at the library.
In the meantime, library staff have their own free parking area but ratepayers only get five or six spaces.
Porirua City is not clearly thinking about the library users. They are encouraging people to come to the library to read, be exposed to art and music but they are clearly not helping.
People, if you drive to the library, keep your eyes on your watch. Otherwise you will get a parking ticket, like me.
KIMIAKI ITAMURA, Ascot Park. has been insufficient recent quality research to justify spending a large amount of council funds on demolishing existing buildings and streets.
Prudent and responsible business practice demands that this project should begin before new retailers and accommodation entrepreneurs are confirmed.
In January 2011 Mayor Leggett made reassuring comments about the council investigating possible responses from businesses and government departments before embarking on major demolition and rebuilding.
This measured approach by the mayor and council was a welcome new step in the process of dealing with a high-risk financial venture.
However, a recent article ( Dominion Post, May 14) raises some doubts about the mayor’s earlier statement. His comments in the article suggest action is either already under way or about to begin.
Mention is made of removing the canopies and other comments imply that the scheme is going ahead, no matter what investigative outcomes are. Has the mayor discarded the sensible and cautious process which he outlined in January?
The article goes on to claim ‘‘studies’’ had found that in 25 years Porirua would need 50 per cent more office space and 50 per cent less retail space.
There is no supporting evidence for this claim but if the amount of less retail space is correct, why are we being told by proponents of the scheme that we need more retail space?
The Porirua Chamber of Commerce and Canopy Connection representatives make their predictable disparaging remarks about the canopies. The imminent removal of the canopies appears to be the current goal of the business lobby.
During the past year, business interests have claimed there are already studies which show revitalising the business centre is the way to go. How recent are these studies? Who carried them out? Some of them have been, apparently, paid for by business organisations.
It shouldn’t be necessary to remind ourselves that the country and Porirua City have been part of a global financial recession which makes irrelevant any study conclusions reached more than two years ago.
ROSS PIPER, Titahi Bay. Porirua mayor Nick Leggett responds: Mr Piper has chosen to interpret my comments to the Kapi-Mana News in January as saying the council will ‘‘do nothing’’ and ‘‘spend nothing’’ on the city centre revitalisation.
That has never been my position as most people will know. What I said then, and stand by still, is the need for this long-term project to be primarily funded by the private sector.
If the needs of business are not met in this exercise, all Porirua will end up with is a nice new street and some pavers, because those are the only things that the council can deliver by itself.
My motivation as mayor is for the revitalisation to significantly increase the number of jobs in the city centre and to improve the experience of visiting it for all Porirua residents.