Funding secured for villages
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.
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