Te Komiti ap­proval for Whitby Plun­ket up­grade

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

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.

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