Burke com­ments ill-founded

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -

In re­sponse to the Canopies story fea­tur­ing John Burke (De­cem­ber 16), I wish to in­vite him to the south end of High Street in Lower Hutt. I as­sume he has not been shop­ping there in a while.

I work along­side many of the business and prop­erty own­ers in the CBD and all are very pas­sion­ate about their business and the street and its re­vi­tal­i­sa­tion. It hurts those very busi­nesses when neg­a­tive and un­true state­ments are made.

Suc­cess­ful town cen­tres of­fer a qual­ity mix of busi­nesses, which this area does.

The south end of High Street has a great mix of busi­nesses, ser­vices and a va­ri­ety of hos­pi­tal­ity busi­nesses. Jina’s shop­ping com­plex with Mad Butcher, Jina’s World of Fresh Pro­duce, De­lec­ta­ble Bak­ery and Wellington Sea Mar­ket, along with a liquor out­let and pharmacy cre­ate a very busy area of trad­ing on a daily ba­sis.

There’s great din­ing and en­ter­tain­ment in the south end with Amaz­ing Five, Foggy Dew and Chap­pelli’s to name a few.

In re­cent times a re­tailer has re­lo­cated to that area based on his re­search of the num­ber of po­ten­tial cus­tomers con­sis­tently com­ing and go­ing in the south end and has done ten­fold in business.

John Burke is wel­come to spec­u­late on what he thinks will work in Porirua’s shop­ping cen­tre, but he should stick to the facts, and con­tact me to come visit Lower Hutt for some ideas. pe­ri­ods of po­ten­tial haz­ards.

To min­imise dis­rup­tion, the Canopies may need to be re­moved in small man­age­able sec­tions and re­placed in the same op­er­a­tion, us­ing the al­ready con­structed scaf­fold­ing/equip­ment to in­stall the re­place­ment Canopy.

The Canopies were put up for good rea­sons all those years ago. We still have wind and rain to­day and it is hard to play ta­ble ten­nis in the rain.

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