New taxi stand causes prob­lems

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By RHI­AN­NON MCCON­NELL

A new taxi stand at the Can­nons Creek shops is leav­ing the el­derly wait­ing in the rain.

Can­nons Creek res­i­dent San­dra Matthews, 63, has been us­ing taxis in the area for 42 years with­out a prob­lem.

Four weeks ago, as part of the Mun­gavin Ave up­grade, the cov­ered Can­nons Creek taxi stand was re­placed by one out­side East­side Four Square, with no cov­ered seat­ing.

Matthews, who has a bad hip, said the new stand meant people had to sit in the rain or stand un­der the shop’s ve­randa – too far away to be seen by taxi-driv­ers.

‘‘We need a bloody taxi shel­ter. Ev­ery sin­gle seat in Can­nons Creek is out in the open,’’ she said.

When Matthews con­tacted Porirua City Coun­cil, she was told there were no plans to in­stall cov­er­ing and that she should have at­tended a pub­lic meet­ing about the area, a meet­ing Matthews said she never heard about.

‘‘I get re­ally brassed off with people who don’t live in Can­nons Creek telling us what we need to have here,’’ she said.

‘‘ The ar­gu­ment is there are seats there – but the seats are soak­ing wet. I would like some seats un­der shel­ter.’’

To add to the prob­lem, the new stand used to be a five-minute park­ing area and cars still treat it that way. While the Kapi-Mana News was at the stand, five cars parked there, at one point leav­ing no room for the taxis.

A Can­nons Creek taxi driver, who did not wish to be named, said it was a ma­jor prob­lem.

‘‘Where the taxi stand is now, the pub­lic just park in there. They don’t seem to worry. When there are three cars there, taxis are not go­ing to wait.’’

If people waited un­der the shel­ter, they were of­ten not seen, the driver said. ‘‘ When taxis come along and see no-one on the stand, they just carry on. The way it is now, you don’t know if people are wait­ing for a taxi.’’

The driver said coun­cil needed to clar­ify the area by putting yel­low lines down and pro­vid­ing a cov­ered stand.

Porirua City Coun­cil vil­lage pro­gram man­ager Ian Bar­low said there were no plans to in­stall cov­er­ing, but ne­go­ti­a­tions were tak­ing place about putting seat­ing un­der the ve­randa.

He said he was aware of cars park­ing in the taxi stand and of the taxi sign be­ing too high.

‘‘ That is a dis­cus­sion that’s on­go­ing with the coun­cil road­ing people. The con­struc­tion is still be­ing worked on. It’s not fin­ished yet,’’ he said.

Bar­low said the new taxi stand had been in the vil­lage plan since 2012 at the re­quest of the com­mu­nity.

‘‘It is in a bet­ter place from an op­er­a­tional point of view, and safety.’’

Photo: RHI­AN­NON MCCON­NELL

Tax­ing sit­u­a­tion:

San­dra Matthews says there needs to be a cov­ered taxi stand in Can­nons Creek.

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