CBD mar­ket ruled out

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The ten­der­ing process for a mar­ket in Porirua’s CBD has been scrapped.

In a re­port to Porirua City coun­cil­lors last week, mayor Nick Leggett said it made sense not to con­tinue with the ten­der process af­ter the early suc­cess of the re­lo­cated Ti­tahi Bay Li­ons mar­ket to Wai­tan­girua.

‘‘ Over the next few months there will be sig­nif­i­cant con­struc­tion and im­prove­ments in Cob­ham Court,’’ he said.

‘‘When that’s done, we can eval­u­ate what we want to do in the city cen­tre.

‘‘ How­ever, we al­ready have a Satur­day mar­ket – and that’s run by the Li­ons.’’

Leggett’s view was that Satur­day mar­kets were con­gested on a re­gional ba­sis and that think­ing out­side the square was re­quired for Porirua.

‘‘We could look at night mar­kets, farmer mar­kets, what­ever. Th­ese new con­cepts should only, how­ever, com­ple­ment our ex­ist­ing, popular, vol­un­teer-run mar­ket.’’

Leggett said it had be­come ap­par­ent that Porirua res­i­dents val­ued the Satur­day morn­ing mar­ket run by the Li­ons, who give back much of what they make to their com­mu­nity.

‘‘It’s not the coun­cil’s job to mess with that.

‘‘ Coun­cils should only in­ter­vene in com­mu­nity events when we are asked to help.

‘‘Ad­di­tion­ally, they should only in­volve them­selves where they can make a pos­i­tive dif­fer­ence.’’

He said pro­pos­als had been re­ceived for the Cob­ham Court mar­ket. Those ex­pres­sions of in­ter­est would be re­vis­ited at a later date, when it was clearer what im­pact the city cen­tre up­grade would have.

Porirua was a launch­ing pad of ideas and di­ver­sity and a non-com­pet­i­tive mar­ket con­cept would com­ple­ment a re­vi­talised CBD, he said.

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