Plan will put village back in Ranui
Ranui has its village plan.
Following in the footsteps of residents associations such as Pukerua Bay and Plimmerton, the Ranui group has spent more than two years coming up with their document.
Plenty of public meetings, surveys, festivals and liaison work with Porirua City Council have led to the 20-page Ranui Village Plan 2011.
Ranui Residents Association cochairwoman Cheryl Brown says everyone is ‘‘feeling very good’’ about the meeting two weeks ago where they signed off on the the project.
It now sits with PCC, who will likely discuss it an upcoming council meeting.
Ranui will soon be eligible for a share of the village planning programme budget, with potential projects discussed by members of the residents association before they get the green light.
‘‘It’s great to get to this point, there’s been a lot of hard work put in by everyone,’’ Ms Brown says.
‘‘We got a real sense, through the festival days at Porirua East School and Bothamley Park, of what people wanted.’’
The plan acknowledges that those involved putting it together are volunteers, not experts, but who have a commitment to the Ranui community.
Key aspects include:
A desire for a better ‘entrance’ to Ranui, with improved signage.
More linkage between different parts of the suburb, like Mungavin shops to Bothamley Park, along with a ‘‘true village centre’’.
Mungavin Hall and the netball courts needing an overhaul.
Parking issues at the shops to be addressed. More artwork in the suburb. Slowing traffic along Mungavin Ave.
Mungavin Homestead be preserved as a heritage building. Restoration of Bothamley Park. Ms Brown says while they have just ‘‘10 to 15’’ regular members, about 30 people attended their last few meetings. She says the main thing that’s come through during this process is that people enjoy living in Ranui.
‘‘There’s a strong sense of connection, but one of the things we’ve said in our plan is that we want that to be better.
‘‘Whether it’s with an integ- rated walkway, that will need to be talked about.
‘‘ There is an emphasis on safety, too, that whole central part [ around the shops, park and netball courts] needs to be better lit and made more of a village centre.’’
Ms Brown says the plan was about recording data – like Census information, making note of the suburb’s history, and outlining the ‘‘wants’’ that the association has identified.
‘‘We’ve kept it simple, we know this is early days and we don’t want to pre-empt decisions.
‘‘ Although it has been two years, it does feel like things have happened quickly and we’re really rapt with what’s been achieved.’’