Coun­cil de­fers canopies de­ci­sion

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

A de­ci­sion on whether to have canopies in Porirua’s CBD has been de­ferred.

Sub­mit­ters to Porirua City Coun­cil’s long term plan were asked their opin­ions on the city cen­tre and whether there should be cover in the fu­ture.

Nearly 83 per cent said in­vest­ing $21 mil­lion in the next decade on phys­i­cal up­grades to the CBD, in­clud­ing bet­ter pedes­trian ac­cess, en­cour­ag­ing busi­ness and res­i­den­tial devel­op­ment, was im­por­tant, but re­sults on canopy re­place­ment was mixed.

Forty per cent of peo­ple said there should be no cover at all and 36 per cent pre­ferred a translu­cent canopy that pro­tected from the rain, but al­lowed light in. Fif­teen per cent wanted a to­tal re­place­ment of the canopies.

A num­ber of sub­mit­ters stated that hav­ing cover over the city cen­tre was more likely to lead to loi­ter­ing and as­saults. The po­lice did not make a sub­mis­sion.

With no canopies in place, many sub­mit­ters noted a ‘‘ change in the cul­ture’’ of the area.

One of the key long term plan de­ci­sions was to have the above- ground steel­work re­moved and stored.

Dur­ing dis­cus­sions last week, how­ever, Porirua mayor Nick Leggett moved to have this struck off and the de­ci­sion on canopies de­ferred, and he was fully sup­ported by coun­cil­lors.

Af­ter the meet­ing, Leggett said an eval­u­a­tion would be car­ried out fol­low­ing a full win­ter sea­son with no cover in the CBD.

Full cover over Porirua’s CBD is likely to be a thing of the past.

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