Des­tined to fail

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -

Ed­i­tor,

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.

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