Council defers canopies decision
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.