CBD upgrade over­run de­mands an ex­pla­na­tion

Kapi-Mana News - - CONVERSATIONS -

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.

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