Pub­lic to get say on fu­ture of the US Ma­rine Hall

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

The fate of the US Ma­rine Hall in Ti­tahi Bay will shortly lie in the hands of the pub­lic.

There has been more than a year of de­bate through the me­dia and an­nual plan process by back­ers of a restora­tion of the hall – par­tic­u­larly by users Porirua Lit­tle Theatre – and those who want it de­mol­ished. Now the com­mu­nity can for­mally have its say.

Porirua City Coun­cil chief ex­ec­u­tive Gary Simp­son has also been given the task of ap­proach­ing po­ten­tial part­ners to gauge in­ter­est in fi­nan­cially sup­port­ing a re­pair or restora­tion.

Any pricey re­pair job, if it was the pub­lic’s will, could be in­cluded in the coun­cil’s long-term plan 2015/25.

Coun­cil­lor John Burke said he would vote for the pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion, but said: ‘‘I can see plenty of ar­gu­ments against this.

‘‘Coun­cil has been hoisted by its own petard. The cost as­so­ci­ated with any re­pair is huge and on­go­ing.

‘‘It’s [the build­ing’s] a rem­nant and not a pow­er­ful one – it was some­thing that was de­signed to last 30 or 40 years, un­like Gear Home­stead.’’

Burke’s com­ments were not backed up by his col­leagues, who pre­ferred to leave the dis­cus­sion for af­ter the pub­lic sub­mis­sions were re­ceived.

‘‘We do not want to pre­de­ter­mine an out­come,’’ mayor Nick Leggett said. ‘‘We can’t open our­selves to that risk.’’

Deputy mayor ’ Ana Cof­fey said it was im­por­tant to frame the con­sul­ta­tion in a look at the wider is­sues in the shop­ping precinct in Ti­tahi Bay and the hall’s use by the com­mu­nity.

Con­tex­tual is­sues iden­ti­fied in coun­cil’s re­port in­clude:

Iden­ti­fy­ing the use and users of a re­paired or re­stored hall.

As­sump­tions that the coun­cil will be the pri­mary, if not sole, fun­der.

Fu­ture of the Whitehouse Rd shop­ping area.

Sup­port for per­form­ing arts in Porirua. Sup­port for Porirua Lit­tle Theatre. Im­pact on the long-term plan (to be signed off early next year).

The coun­cil will for­mally open up a sub­mis­sion process next month.

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