CBD market ruled out
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.