Can­nons Creek shops up­grade

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -

What an ex­cel­lent sug­ges­tion for the Can­nons Creek shops, by Miles Lacey (Jan­uary 21).

The shop build­ings (not the re­tail­ers!) were al­ready very worn in the 1970s, and 40 years later they are so old and di­lap­i­dated they should be pulled down and to­tally re­de­vel­oped.

Just take a look round the back of them – ab­so­lutely ram­shackle.

It’s not 10 years since the last big at­tempt to sort out the War­spite and Mun­gavin park­ing and get the new toi­lets built, and since then light­ing has been im­proved and rub­bishy spots cleaned up – but the shop build­ings them­selves are the prob­lem. Their dingi­ness reemerges af­ter ev­ery lo­cal ef­fort to brighten up the scene.

A mall-type mar­ket of shops and stalls with prop­erly placed park­ing would be great.

Would some rich de­vel­oper please come for­ward to do this and make his pile from the higher shop rents, the re­sult­ing in­creased prices, the un­cer­tain book­ings for stalls, the in­creas­ing cus­tomers from Aotea, Whitby, and points north? Yeah, right.

I’m sure our ward coun­cil­lors, and the Res­i­dents and Ratepay­ers As­so­ci­a­tion would be glad to know of any prac­ti­cal steps which could re­sult in such a fine vi­sion as Miles Lacey’s.

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