Porirua left out in cold

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A ma­jor player in Porirua’s shop­ping district is con­cerned Trans­mis­sion Gully will draw shop­pers away from the heart of the city.

North City Shop­ping Cen­tre own­ers told Porirua City Coun­cil at a meet­ing last week that the planned ex­press­way risked cut­ting off easy ac­cess to Porirua.

‘‘ Our con­cern is that it pro­vides a fast cor­ri­dor to the north and has po­ten­tial to di­vert the ve­hi­cles of people who cur­rently come to Porirua’s CBD to con­duct their busi­ness and shop for per­sonal needs,’’ the owner of Kiwi In­come Property Trust said in a sub­mis­sion.

Cen­tre man­ager Andrew Hea­phy said the own­ers were not against Trans­mis­sion Gully, but just wanted the coun­cil to ad­vo­cate for con­nec­tions to the city.

Porirua mayor Nick Leggett said the con­cern was valid and well-timed, and the coun­cil was keep­ing a close eye on the is­sue.

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