Mar­ket still up in the air

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

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.

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