Destined to fail
The Porirua city centre will not be converted into a vibrant, commercial place by the cosmetic proposals to open up access to the Porirua Stream.
The promised benefits are likely to be as ineffective as the canopies have been.
The Gully motorway will effectively eliminate passing clientele from State Highway 1. It will also allow leakage of present users, especially those living in Whitby but also in Porirua East, to competing facilities in Johnsonville, soon to be upgraded, Tawa interchange (the new Countdown) and Kapiti (diverse shopping areas, warmer beaches).
The council now needs to decide if it will allow new residential and commercial developments where the Gully motorway and SH58 intersect, both to capture eastern suburb residents’ spending and to encourage population growth. The market can then determine how to deal with the existing centre.
Alternatively, the council could promote a large marina development on the Porirua arm of the harbour, in reasonable proximity to the city centre, to encourage central growth.