Canopies ca­pers?

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -

Once again the res­i­dents and ratepay­ers of our city have been let down by our coun­cil­lors and their over­paid em­ploy­ees, who have known for the past 19 years that the Canopies would need re­plac­ing in 2015 but have done noth­ing, it would seem, to pre­pare for their re­place­ment.

In re­cent years the coun­cil, on our be­half, have spent many thou­sands of dol­lars on ex­perts writ­ing re­ports on the re­vi­tal­i­sa­tion of the city cen­tre. To name but a few there have been re­ports from Cobus group, Welling­ton Wa­ter­front, BECA and as re­cently as May this year an ex­pert was flown in from Sydney for a work­shop that was at­tended by over 80 well-in­ten­tioned prop­erty own­ers, res­i­dents and sup­port­ers of the shop­ping cen­tre.

All of the re­ports writ­ten have sup­ported the re­ten­tion of the Canopies.

That no re­place­ment for the Canopies has been pre­pared can only leave one to think that there is no de­sire within the coun­cil to have them re­placed and all they have been wait­ing for is a re­port that they agree with.

They fi­nally got their wish when it was found that, through lack of main­te­nance, the Canopies could be a dan­ger and they would have to come down.

On a sim­i­lar note, one of our over­paid em­ploy­ees com­mis­sioned a re­port re­cently on another is­sue, cost­ing again many thou­sands of dol­lars.

When the re­port came back sup­port­ing the com­mu­nity, it was promptly rub­bished by said em­ployee be­cause it didn’t fit in with his agenda.

Once again we, the res­i­dents and ratepay­ers, have had to bear the cost for some­one else’s agenda – some­one, who I ex­pect, lives out­side Porirua.

It’s time our elected coun­cil­lors took more time read­ing the re­ports we have all paid for and not just ac­cept­ing what is put in front of them by our chief ex­ec­u­tive. Porirua City Coun­cil chief ex­ec­u­tive Gary Simp­son re­sponds:

Since be­ing erected, the Canopies have al­ways been main­tained to the man­u­fac­tur­ers spec­i­fi­ca­tions and have now reached the end of their life. Mr Thomas guesses that the Canopies will not be re­placed and while dis­cus­sions will con­tinue on the na­ture of their re­place­ment, the struc­tures sup­port­ing the canopies will re­main in place af­ter the now de­graded cover is re­moved.

This per­mits a new canopy fab­ric to be in­stalled once that de­ci­sion is made by the coun­cil. Fund­ing for a re­place­ment cover is likely to be in­cluded in the 2015 long term plan.

There is no agenda, hid­den or oth­er­wise, not to re­place them, as Mr Thomas sug­gests.

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