CBD upgrade overrun demands an explanation
It’s hardly surprising that Porirua City Council is considering seeking financial redress from Hawkins Infrastructure for the delay in completing the CBD upgrade.
Work on the $1.3 million project was supposed to be finished last October. An extension until December was granted. Here we are in midFebruary and still trucks, roadworks, dirt and noise dominate the area.
The best of summer will soon be behind us and Porirua residents have not been able to enjoy the CBD. Last year after the canopies came down, the CBD, especially where the artificial carpet had been laid, was a great place to spend an hour in the sun.
There was lunchtime entertainment, competitions, sausage sizzles, music and games. This summer it’s been an area to avoid. No wonder businesses in the area are suffering and owners are irate.
Council chief executive Wendy Walker is seeking an urgent meeting with Hawkins to find out reasons for the delay. It would be interesting to be a fly on the wall at that meeting. After all, it would be difficult to imagine better weather for the work than what we’ve had over the past few months.
The CBD is a touchy subject at the best of times. Whether it’s arguments over the canopies , the number of car parks, whether there should be more pop-up shops or all the money being spent there, it is a contentious issue.
The last thing the council wanted, as it attempted to upgrade the CBD and entice residents back there, was a summer of road works.
GOODBYE TO GUARDIANS
Porirua Community Guardians have been wound up after the best part of 13 years.
The CBD won’t quite seem the same without the presence of the affable, helpful guardians in their fluorescent lime green vests.
They always seemed eager to be of assistance and their presence certainly deterred some people from annoying, if not illegal, activities.
Perhaps it was time to finish. There were only 12 volunteers remaining when the decision was made this month, and they operated during the daytime, whereas more of the problem behaviour was occurring at night.
However, we take this opportunity to thank them for all the hours of volunteer work they put in, helping to enhance the Porirua CBD and make life a little better for others.