Plan will put vil­lage back in Ranui

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

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.’’

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