Canopy call com­pli­cated

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

Cov­er­ing Porirua’s City cen­tre just got a bit more com­plex, with half-re­place­ment and trans­par­ent pan­els op­tions now on the ta­ble.

Though a de­ci­sion is still to be made as part of Porirua City Coun­cil’s up­com­ing long- term plan process, coun­cil­lors were briefed last week on the mul­ti­tude of op­tions from canopy man­u­fac­tur­ers Struc­tur­flex.

They in­clude full re­place­ment ($2.49 mil­lion) and full re­place­ment with trans­par­ent pan­els (al­low­ing 62 per cent light in, $3.192m).

Op­tions with and with­out cov­er­ing Serlby Place (from about Sub­way to­wards Count­down) were also pre­sented. They ranged from $2.1m to $2.5m. Not re­plac­ing the canopy at all and dis­pos­ing or se­cur­ing the steel sup­ports would cost $490,000.

The coun­cil re­port notes that if Serlby Place is not to be cov­ered, a shared ve­hi­cle and pedes­trian space could be de­vel­oped.

Porirua mayor Nick Leggett said that though the stunning sum­mer weather had led to pos­i­tive feed­back from re­tail­ers and res­i­dents re­gard­ing the city cen­tre be­ing un­cov­ered, the coun­cil’s de­ci­sion would be made in July.

‘‘By that time we could have had months of bad weather, so that could lead to dif­fer­ent views,’’ he said.

‘‘ I am get­ting con­cerns from res­i­dents about the costs, but what we need to re­mem­ber is we are not pro­tect­ing what is there, but find­ing a so­lu­tion for where we want to head [re­vi­tal­is­ing the CBD].

‘‘Right now I’m go­ing through a lis­ten­ing ex­er­cise and we should con­tinue to do that.’’

The new canopy would have a life­span of about 25 years. Any cov­er­ings would take up to eight weeks to in­stall and that would prob­a­bly hap­pen next Fe­bru­ary.

Many peo­ple have en­joyed the ex­tra light and sun since the canopies were re­moved.

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