Mana re­vamp de­lay for talks

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

Dolly Var­den Re­serve’s planned re­vamp could be de­layed be­yond 2013 af­ter the Pare­mata Res­i­dents’ As­so­ci­a­tion expressed fears the com­mu­nity was not ad­e­quately con­sulted.

Porirua City Coun­cil voted last week to be­gin mi­nor as­pects of the Mana re­serve’s up­grade, such as plant­ing along Mana Es­planade and the re­serve’s north­ern boundary, which needs to be done in win­ter so risks be­ing de­layed a year un­less started now.

How­ever, the coun­cil agreed to pub­li­cise the planned makeover and hold a public work­shop be­fore be­gin­ning up­grades on the re­serve’s walk­ways, toi­lets and car park.

The Dolly Var­den de­vel­op­ment is part of Pare­mata’s vil­lage plan, but de­spite be­ing a com­mu­nity-coun­cil part­ner­ship, res­i­dents’ as­so­ci­a­tion chair­man Rus­sell Mor­ri­son told coun­cil­lors the wider com­mu­nity needed more in­put into the plans.

‘‘If it’s go­ing to be part of our vil­lage plan then pretty much by def­i­ni­tion the whole com­mu­nity needs to be in­volved,’’ he told coun­cil­lors last week. ‘‘It’s not clear how or when the com­mu­nity will be able to make some in­put.’’

Coun­cil of­fi­cers pre­sented at the as­so­ci­a­tion’s Novem­ber an­nual gen­eral meet­ing but the meet­ing was not well at­tended enough to be an ef­fec­tive con­sul­ta­tion, Mr Mor­ri­son said.

The coun­cil re­vamp is in­tended to im­prove vis­i­tors’ ex­pe­ri­ence with walk­ing, boat­ing and har­bour edge restora­tion. New toi­lets have been bud­geted for the 2012-13 fi­nan­cial year, and could be com­bined with a per­ma­nent cafe.

A har­bour edge walk­way, public art, new ta­bles and benches and a boat hire busi­ness are also pro­posed.

Mayor Nick Leggett said he was keen to see some in­come gen­er­ated from the land, which was a strate­gic coun­cil pur­chase in 2007.

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