What you think of the Canopies

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -

chair­man of the Plim­mer­ton Res­i­dents As­so­ci­a­tion in the ar­ti­cle cited.

But it was the rev­e­la­tion by Peter Matich, se­nior pol­icy an­a­lyst, that the ratepayer might have to pay for the main­te­nance of Mana Es­planade if it be­comes a lo­cal road that was re­veal­ing.

It is the first pub­lic dec­la­ra­tion out of the coun­cil I have seen de­spite mak­ing many in­ter­nal unan­swered re­quests over 20 years for com­par­a­tive costs be­tween high­way op­tions.

Per­haps coun­cil­lor Tim Shep­pard could pro­vide the full ratepayer costs of main­tain­ing all of Cen­ten­nial High­way, resid­ual SH58, and Grays Rd given cli­mate change be­fore the an­nual plan falls due.

His lat­est cir­cu­lar e-mail com­mit­ting him­self and the ratepay­ers to ex­pen­sive loans for in­ter­changes at Wai­tan­garua should also be an eye-opener to new coun­cil­lors on how poor in­for­ma­tion flow have led to piece­meal rather than holis­tic plan­ning. A word of praise, how­ever. I ap­plaud the an­nual plan sum­mary, which is a great im­prove­ment over trawl­ing through so much stuff. Get rid of the Canopies and re­in­state ev­ery­thing back to how it was be­fore 1995. They have not worked! It is cold un­der the Canopies and a lot of businesses have moved out through lack of cus­tom, be­cause the pub­lic don’t like shop­ping un­der them.

Apart from when I have the need to go to the dryclean­ers, I avoid go­ing un­der the Canopies.

The cost of re­plac­ing the canopies can­not be jus­ti­fied, so the money con­tem­plated or put aside for this, could be put to­wards turn­ing this into an­other mall-like area. (This would not nec­es­sar­ily mean seven days shop­ping, but flex­i­ble hours for shop own­ers.)

If the canopies were to go, the poles al­ready in place hold­ing them up could be used to hold a per­ma­nent roof struc­ture, that would keep ev­ery­thing warm and dry with a clear-light roof that was trans­par­ent for some nat­u­ral light and some sun­shine.

The ends and the side of the mall by the car parks would need to have doors to keep out the cold winds, so that it be­came a self- Get rid of them and brighten up the city. My wife and I loved the Canopies.

They were per­fect to walk un­der in the pour­ing rain (who walks on the edges?).

What killed the area was the Post Of­fice mov­ing.

A lot of foot traf­fic was lost, which caused The Wind­mill to fold The prob­lem isn’t re­ally whether the Canopies should re­main, but what to do with the space un­der them.

There are al­most no worth­while re­tail shops left in the area, which has be­come run­down, an eye­sore and a bit of an em­bar­rass­ment.

The only businesses that re­ally seem to pros­per un­der the Canopies are the loan sharks, which in its way is an in­dict­ment on the sort of people who now spend most time in the area.

To my mind there would be lit­tle de­bate about whether the Canopies should re­main if there were some worth­while businesses in the CBD.

As it is, the ex­is­tence of the Canopies seems to be blamed for the fact that there are no de­cent shops or other businesses there, but the Canopies are a red her­ring.

The fo­cus should be on fill­ing the area with good-qual­ity re­tail­ers and other or­gan­i­sa­tions.

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