Skaters in coun­cil plans

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By AN­DREA O’NEIL

A new skate­board park and more money in the coun­cil’s pocket are among the perks Food­stuffs is of­fer­ing to gain ap­proval for its pro­posed Whitby New World su­per­mar­ket.

Porirua City Coun­cil pro­vi­sion­ally granted Food­stuffs a li­cence to share Ad­ven­ture Park’s carpark at a meet­ing last Thurs­day.

The decision will be fi­nalised at a coun­cil meet­ing to­mor­row. The rec­om­men­da­tion re­ceived unan­i­mous sup­port at com­mit­tee level.

Since 2010 Food­stuffs has been plan­ning to build a new 3000 square-me­tre su­per­mar­ket to the east of Dis­cov­ery Drive.

It would be three-times the size of the cur­rent New World on the other side of the road at the Whitby mall, which is 35 years old, too small and not meet­ing com­mu­nity de­mands, said coun­cil re­source man­age­ment con­sul­tant Ja­son Har­veyWills in a re­port to coun­cil­lors.

The new su­per­mar­ket, which is ex­pected to be built by 2014, will bor­der Ad­ven­ture Park and has been given ap­proval to share the park’s public carpark in ad­di­tion to build­ing its own carpark­ing spa­ces. Shar­ing the carpark will not com­pro­mise Ad­ven­ture Park users, and will gen­er­ate in­come for coun­cil through Food­stuff’s rent of the space, Mr Har­vey-wills said in his re­port. The rent has not yet been set. The public will be able to park in the shared carpark with no time limit or ac­tiv­ity re­stric­tions from Food­stuffs, who will as­sume re­spon­si­bil­ity for the re­de­vel­op­ment, main­te­nance and op­er­a­tion of the whole carpark. This will save the coun­cil money, Mr Har­vey-wills re­ported.

The skate park, which borders the space for the shared carpark, will ei­ther be re­lo­cated or re­de­vel­oped when the su­per­mar­ket is built.

Ei­ther way, Food­stuffs will meet the cost, and the coun­cil could ne­go­ti­ate with Food­stuffs to main­tain the skate park if it re­mains in its cur­rent lo­ca­tion, Mr Har­vey-wills said.

De­mol­ish­ing the ex­ist­ing skate park and build­ing a new one north of Whitby Bowl­ing Club is the coun­cil’s pre­ferred op­tion, Mr Har­vey-wills said.

The cur­rent skate park lo­ca­tion has caused con­cern among po­lice, the res­i­dents’ as­so­ci­a­tion and lo­cal clubs be­cause of late night van­dal­ism and loi­ter­ing. How­ever, since the new su­per­mar­ket will be right next to the ex­ist­ing skate park, loi­ter­ing would be less of a prob­lem when it is built, he said.

If coun­cil­lors ap­prove Food­stuffs’ plan on Wed­nes­day, Food­stuffs will ap­ply for re­source con­sent in about two months and its pro­posal will be put to the public for feed­back.

The Depart­ment of Con­ser­va­tion will re­view the plan at the same time.

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