Shop­keep­ers seek com­pen­sa­tion

Kapi-Mana News - - FRONT PAGE - By CATHER­INE GAF­FANEY

East­side Four Square owner Maz­ina Jalal is call­ing on the Porirua City Coun­cil for com­pen­sa­tion af­ter the Mun­gavin Ave up­grade caused her to lose $ 45,000 over the past three weeks.

‘‘ We nor­mally make about $27,000 to $30,000 a week, but have made about $13,000 three weeks in a row, be­cause there has been nowhere for cus­tomers to park,’’ she said.

‘‘Any com­pen­sa­tion we can get would be good for us.’’

Coun­cil road­ing man­ager Ge­off Mar­shall said the coun­cil would not con­sider pay­ing com­pen­sa­tion be­cause the im­prove­ments would ul­ti­mately ben­e­fit Ranui shop­keep­ers.

‘‘The area is now more ac­ces­si­ble and invit­ing,’’ he said. ‘‘ The car park num­bers have vastly in­creased, and ac­cess from the play­ground and park across the road is safer.

‘‘These mea­sures mean it’s more likely pedes­tri­ans and mo­torists will visit the shop­ping cen­tre more, which will make up for busi­ness lost over the past three weeks.’’ The Mun­gavin Ave up­grade was a part of Ranui’s vil­lage plan to im­prove its shop­ping cen­tre.

Mar­shall said the up­grade work was car­ried out fol­low­ing close con­sul­ta­tion with the Ranui com­mu­nity.

How­ever, other Ranui shop­keep­ers said they sup­ported Jalal and wanted some con­sid­er­a­tion by the coun­cil.

Zayaz Ke­babs Take­away man­ager Mario Sh­limon said the shop had lost about $2000 a week over the three weeks.

‘‘ Cus­tomers had nowhere to park and the noise was off­putting,’’ he said.

‘‘I worked at Abrake­babra in Man­ners St when it be­came a bu­sonly lane and we were given $30,000 com­pen­sa­tion by Welling­ton City Coun­cil.

‘‘It would be nice if coun­cil gave us some­thing back.’’

Porirua Phar­macy man­ager Paula Richard­son said she was glad the work was over be­cause the phar­macy’s cus­tomer count had been down.

Richard­son said Porirua Phar­macy would not pur­sue coun­cil for com­pen­sa­tion.

Photo: CATHER­INE GAF­FANEY

At a loss: East­side Four Square owner Maz­ina Jalal, who wants com­pen­sa­tion for the fi­nan­cial loss she has suf­fered as a re­sult of the Mun­gavin Ave up­grade.

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