Cas­tor Cres still empty

Kapi-Mana News - - FRONT PAGE - KRIS DANDO

It is time there were houses on the Cas­tor Cres land in Porirua, be­cause too many peo­ple are still wait­ing for homes, Porirua’s MP says.

Kris Faafoi told a pub­lic meet­ing last week that leav­ing the Cas­tor Cres land un­de­vel­oped was no longer ac­cept­able.

In 2008 and 2009, 27 age­ing and earth­quake-prone Hous­ing New Zealand homes were bowled in what’s known as the Cas­tor loop in Porirua East. More were pulled down in nearby Haz­ard Gr and Esk Place last year.

It was hoped a pri­vate de­vel­oper might build there, but this had not even­tu­ated.

Hous­ing New Zealand rep­re­sen­ta­tives had said in the past that the Cas­tor loop land was not eco­nom­i­cally vi­able, but Faafoi said the wait­ing list for so­cial hous­ing was long, and there was an ob­vi­ous need in Porirua.

‘‘At the mo­ment it looks like a coun­cil park, but it’s high time we had houses built there,’’ he said.

He said he had been ask­ing for more than five years when new houses would be built.

At the pub­lic meet­ing in Rus­sell School’s hall, the Mana MP in­tro­duced speak­ers from the Porirua com­mu­nity, be­fore open­ing up the floor to let the 40-strong au­di­ence have their say on the empty land in Can­nons Creek.

Ques­tions and com­ments from the floor in­cluded giv­ing in­cen­tives to pri­vate de­vel­op­ers, en­sur­ing there was a mix in size of homes and want­ing a rep­re­sen­ta­tive from Hous­ing New Zealand to ac­tu­ally visit the Cas­tor loop.

At the con­clu­sion of the meet­ing, it was de­cided a pe­ti­tion would be or­gan­ised and Faafoi would at­tempt to get the Hous­ing Min­is­ter to visit the Cas­tor Cres lot in the near fu­ture.

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