Porirua bus stop woes

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By DANIEL WHIT­FIELD

Re­duced seat­ing at the bus stop in Lyt­tel­ton Ave op­po­site Count­down has left peo­ple scratch­ing their heads.

David Dahya of Can­nons Creek said his con­cern was for Porirua’s el­derly res­i­dents and where they could now sit.

‘‘It makes no sense. In my view, the seat­ing has been halved. Where are they go­ing to sit now while they wait for a bus?’’ Dahya said.

Porirua City Coun­cil has said it would be spend­ing $12 mil­lion over the next three years on re­mod­elling public spa­ces around the CBD, but the re­moval of the bus stop seats was a Welling­ton Re­gional Coun­cil project.

Re­gional coun­cil spokes­woman Philippa La­gan said a small sec­tion of seat­ing at the shel­ter was re­moved per­ma­nently about six weeks ago, be­cause it was used as a lad­der for tag­gers to put graf­fiti at that end of the shel­ter.

‘‘There is still a lot of seat­ing at that shel­ter, but we apol­o­gise if re­moval of this por­tion has in­con­ve­nienced some peo­ple,’’ she said.

Dahya said he had no prob­lem with the planned re­de­vel­op­ment, but did not un­der­stand why the seats were never re­in­stalled.

He said his mother had been com­plain­ing that there was now not enough seat­ing, and that he had con­tacted the city coun­cil and re­ceived lit­tle in terms of a re­ply.

‘‘I wasn’t told about it, and prob­a­bly a lot of oth­ers were not told about it ei­ther. Where do peo­ple sit now?

‘‘Fair enough there is other seat­ing, but it would be good to know why some of it was re­moved, and what is planned for the area.’’

Dahya said he had seen el­derly res­i­dents sit there regu- larly and eat their lunch, and that it was the place peo­ple used to sit when they needed shel­ter from the weather.

‘‘The coun­cil has to have told some­one what it is plan­ning to do. It needs to tell us so that changes can be made if the public speak up.

‘‘I know that it is only a bus stop, but it’s our city as well.’’

Dahya said the ca­pac­ity was good be­fore the seat­ing was re­moved. ‘‘It is bet­ter to have too much seat­ing rather than too lit­tle.’’

Dahya has been a res­i­dent of Porirua for about 30 years and his mother has lived here even longer.

‘‘ We just want to know what’s go­ing on.’’

Photo: DANIEL WHIT­FIELD

David Dahya is con­cerned about re­duced seat­ing at the bus stop near Count­down Porirua, say­ing it makes no sense.

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