Canopies re­moval time­line

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The dis­man­tling of Porirua’s Canopies starts this week­end and is likely to take up to four weeks.

A Porirua City Coun­cil spokes­woman said con­trac­tors were on track to be­gin on Sun­day.

The work will take place be­tween 6pm and 6am, but not on Fri­day and Satur­day nights, and she said there would be lit­tle dis­rup­tion to peo­ple mov­ing through the area.

The cov­er­ings, put up in 1995, are be­ing re­moved for safety rea­sons, after an en­gi­neer’s re­port noted that the fab­ric could rip in high winds.

The coun­cil agreed in Au­gust to take the fab­ric down but re­tain all the sup­port­ing col­umns, ca­bles and ground an­chors.

A re­place­ment canopy will be de­signed so that the coun­cil can con­sider cost, dura­bil­ity and fab­ric types.

It will mean no cover in the city cen­tre for most of this year, how­ever.

Whether to erect new Canopies will be con­sid­ered as part of the coun­cil’s long-term plan, the draft for which will be fi­nalised in March.

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