Fix for school flooding
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.