Te Komiti approval for Whitby Plunket upgrade
Plunket’s $191,000 upgrade of its creche in Whitby was given the green light last week.
Porirua City Council signed off the upgrade at last Thursday’s Te Komiti meeting.
It will allow Paremata Plunket Creche, situated in the Whitby civic centre building, to increase its capacity from 11 children to 25.
A 70-square-metre deck is the central part of the creche’s application.
Whitby Residents Association chairman Geoff Mowday told a Te Komiti meeting in March that the consultation process had not been thorough.
The green space by the lake would be lost once the deck was built, he said.
The council also agreed to a new lease of the building, which the council owns, for a further 12 years from 2017.
The lease is $ 7459 per year, despite a recent market valuation estimating rent of $29,836 could be charged.
Plunket’s long standing in the Whitby community – dating back to 1988 – was considered when the council agreed to the lease amount and alterations.
A report to the council said there had been wide consultation with the suburb’s residents association, Whitby Lakes Retirement Village and Lakeside Villas and Whitby CoOp.
Porirua City councillor Anita Baker said that though everyone was happy for the creche to expand, the issue of car parking should not be ignored.