Fund­ing se­cured for vil­lages

Kapi-Mana News - - FRONT PAGE - KRIS DANDO

The coun­cil has $38,000 ready to be spent in three sub­urbs in Porirua, but no one has put their hand up for it.

Res­i­dents of Els­don, Wai­tan­girua and Can­nons Creek have been al­lo­cated the vil­lage plan­ning fund­ing, but don’t have res­i­dents as­so­ci­a­tions lead­ing the way to use it.

Porirua City Coun­cil’s vil­lage plan­ning pro­gram­ming was con- firmed last week, with more than $500,000 to be al­lo­cated all around the city in the next year.

Projects such as a walk­ing track ex­ten­sion in Ti­tahi Bay, a com­mu­nity or­chard in Taka­puwahia and Muri Rd safety works are among those ear­marked for cash.

The coun­cil re­port noted $38,000 was still to be al­lo­cated in the three sub­urbs, ’’pend­ing en­gage­ment, the de­vel­op­ment of vil­lage plans and iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of suit­able projects’’.

Last year, the Can­nons Creek Res­i­dents’ As­so­ci­a­tion dis­in­te­grated, amid ac­ri­mony among its mem­bers.

Ac­cu­sa­tions of bul­ly­ing, low meet­ing at­ten­dance and lack of ac­count­abil­ity were raised.

Wai­tan­girua and Els­don have never had recog­nised res­i­dents or ratepayer or­gan­i­sa­tions driv­ing projects in their neigh­bour­hoods.

Aotea and Hon­goeka are the lat­est sub­urbs to de­velop vil­lage plans, mak­ing them­selves el­i­gi­ble for that sec­tor of coun­cil fund­ing.

Coun­cil city part­ner­ships man­ager Robyn Steel said the $38,000 would not go back into the plan­ning pot if no suit­able projects could be iden­ti­fied in Wai­tan­girua, Can­nons Creek and Els­don.

‘‘We have a new com­mu­ni­ties part­ner­ships team look­ing at how best to con­tinue the de­vel­op­ment of the pro­gramme [and] the vil­lage plan­ning sub­com­mit­tee make any de­ci­sion about the allo- cation of the $38,000,’’ she said.

‘‘No de­ci­sion would be made un­til later in the fi­nan­cial year [be­fore next July] and only once we were clear that no po­ten­tial projects were com­ing from these com­mu­ni­ties.’’

There was also ac­cess to other coun­cil fund­ing through other con­sul­ta­tion av­enues, she said.

What would you spend $38,000 on in Porirua East? Send sug­ges­tions to edi­tor@kmananews.co.nz.

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