Fo­cus on city cen­tre

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

Re­moval of part of the Canopies and fur­ther up­grades of Porirua Rail­way Sta­tion are on the cards as part of the Porirua city cen­tre re­vi­tal­i­sa­tion pro­gramme.

Moira Lawler, the Porirua City Coun­cil gen­eral man­ager of strat­egy and plan­ning, last week told mem­bers of the City Cen­tre com­mit­tee a sig­nif­i­cant amount of work had been done on de­signs of the stream­side plaza and Ferry Place.

The bud­get for all city cen­tre work is $2.563 mil­lion in the 2013-14 fi­nan­cial year.

The in­stal­la­tion of the ice rink in Septem­ber also prompted light­ing im­prove­ments in the CBD, ac­cord­ing to the com­mit­tee’s re­port.

Orange sodium lamps were re­placed with white metal halide.

‘‘Th­ese im­prove­ments have trans­formed the night-time en­vi­ron­ment in this area and could be rolled out across the city cen­tre,’’ said coun­cil city cen­tre re­vi­tal­i­sa­tion co-or­di­na­tor Har­riet Shel­ton.

De­vel­op­ments at the rail­way sta­tion in­clude land trans­fers and the up­grad­ing of the park and ride car park, in con­junc­tion with the re­gional coun­cil.

Ms Shel­ton said some of the canopy around North City Shop­ping Cen­tre could be re­moved, and that back­ground work for the city cen­tre park­ing strat­egy had been com­pleted.

The city cen­tre re­vi­tal­i­sa­tion has brand­ing from Saatchi & Saatchi and it now ap­pears on street flags and other sig­nage around Porirua.

Feed­back from the pub­lic, coun­cil staff and lo­cal busi­nesses has been very pos­i­tive, Ms Shel­ton said. Lo­cal busi­nesses and coun­cil staff are en­cour­aged to use the brand­ing on promotional ma­te­rial for ac­tiv­i­ties and events.

Mean­while, plans for a busi­ness hub in Lyd­ney Pl are be­ing de­vel­oped.

‘‘The Bizhub is still planned for the city cen­tre, but its lo­ca­tion is not con­firmed,’’ Ms Shel­ton said.

The new City Cen­tre com­mit­tee has three coun­cil­lors, mayor Nick Leggett and four other mem­bers.

Photo: JIM CHIPP

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