Market still up in the air
Titahi Bay Lions believe moving the Saturday market from Cobham Court is a realistic possibility.
Lions treasurer and market manager John Linschoten said rumours were circulating that someone from Wellington may be coming in to take over the market in Cobham Court, or that there was a tender out on the space.
He believed many of the stallholders loyal to the Lions – who have run the market since 1986 – would move if that happened, creating two markets in Porirua.
‘‘At the end of the day, we’re providing something for the community, with all our profits sunk back into Porirua,’’ Linschoten said.
‘‘But there is this attitude now that it [the market] must be better.’’
Kapi- Mana News reported last month that the link between the Lions and the Saturday market could be severed, because Porirua City Council wants to revitalise the market.
Several councillors said the market had lost some of its vibrancy and needed to be improved.
The council would not agree to a formalised agreement to oversee the market in August last year.
Linschoten said the Lions had had ‘‘the wind blown out of our sails’’ over the issue.
Both parties say a meeting in September did not lead anywhere.
Council strategy and planning general manager Wendy Walker said improvements were needed at the market, with stall numbers and attendances dropping.
‘‘We asked the Lions to come back with ideas to improve the market experience and establish some performance measures. They haven’t come back to us,’’ she said.
‘‘We will continue to develop our expectations of a successful market and then work out with the Lions whether they are able to deliver on these.’’
Linschoten said the ball was in the council’s court. He hoped to have some resolution by next month.