Fix for school flood­ing

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

Maraeroa School pupils and staff can look for­ward to hav­ing its flood­ing is­sues fixed early next year.

Porirua City Coun­cil de­cided to ac­cel­er­ate the $ 650,000 pip­ing up­grades be­tween Porirua Col­lege and Can­nons Creek from 2015-16 to Jan­uary.

A stormwa­ter project in Ti­tahi Bay has been shelved to ac­com­mo­date the Porirua Col­lege work.

Maraeroa School has suf­fered sig­nif­i­cant flood­ing reg­u­larly since 2009, with class­rooms of­ten un­us­able as wa­ter flows into the school grounds dur­ing heavy down­pours.

It has been es­ti­mated the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion has spent $180,000 fix­ing wa­ter dam­age at Maraeroa since 2011.

East­ern ward coun­cil­lor Izzy Ford said she was pleased this im­por­tant work was be­ing brought for­ward.

Her col­league, Ken Dou­glas, said bad fore­sight was to blame for the sit­u­a­tion.

‘‘This is an another ex­am­ple of what I call the his­tor­i­cal deficit – in­ad­e­quacy in the plan­ning at another time.’’

Dou­glas be­lieved the de­fer­ral of stormwa­ter up­grades in Lam­b­ley Rd and John St in Ti­tahi Bay could af­fect about 40 house­holds.

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