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Thirty-three per cent of those surveyed said they were not satisfied with the canopies and describe the area as old and tired , not inviting , unsavoury and dodgy people hanging around the area made them feel unsafe and intimidated. They also complained about its low quality shops. Close behind the canopies was the quality of the natural environment, with 26 per cent of residents worried about rubbish and pollution in the city s harbour and waterways. Despite this, the sewer- age system and water supply rated highly, and these two services are regarded as the most important provided by PCC. Mayor Nick Leggett says the council s city cen- tre revitalisation plan, currently in the consul- tation phase, will encompass not just the canopies area but will take a broader look at the CBD. It s not about the canopies, it s about attracting new activity to the city centre, and jobs and busi- nesses and hopefully some new development of property, he says. He encourages residents to offer suggestions about improvements to the city centre. Mr Leggett says environmental quality is always at the forefront of council minds, and this year the council has dedicated seven years worth of its pipe repair budget, or $2.1 million, to repairing sewerage pipes that pollute waterways. Ten kilometres of pipes will be upgraded under the plan. More than 90 per cent of people consider Porirua a safe place to live in, the survey shows, while 76 per cent of residents are satisfied with the way rates are spent. Residents are also very or fairly satisfied with parks, gardens and reserves (93 per cent), litter removal (89 per cent) and public libraries (88 per cent). Nearly half of residents say Porirua is a better place to live than three years ago, with only 3 per cent saying it is worse, and 41 per cent saying it is the same. Fears about a disaster similar to the Christ- church earthquake may have had a positive effect on residents emergency preparedness -- 75 per cent have stored food, water and have a survival plan, compared to 56 per cent last year. The survey has been run since 1993. Preschool is hemmed in Preschool expansion: An architect's plan shows the existing Wairaka St Preschool building, in red, and its proposed extension into Raroa Reserve land. By ANDREA O'NEIL The extension of a Pukerua Bay preschool on to reserve land has seen Porirua City Council accused of not com- municating properly with residents. Wellington Free Kindergar- ten is proposing an extension to its building and carpark at 8 Wairaka Rd in Pukerua Bay. High teacher costs and building repairs mean the preschool needs to increase its roll, and therefore its building size, to be financially viable. However, the building is on council-owned Raroa Reserve and the preschool cannot get resource consent for its exten- sion unless the council reclas- sifies part of the reserve, which at present is protected. About 1500 square metres of land would be reclassified as a local purpose reserve for community use. The council put the matter out for public consultation from May 24 to June 24 this year, placing newspaper ads and consulting with Pukerua Bay Residents Association. Seven public submissions were received, six opposing the extension and one, from the residents association, expressing neutrality. Pukerua Bay business ana- lyst Peter Gibbs, who lives next door to the preschool, took his opposition to last Thursday s council meeting, chastising the council for its lack of communication about the issue. If you re going to reclassify areas of reserve make sure the community knows what s going on, he said. An ad in the local rag that gets [thrown away] the next night is not a good way of com- municating with residents. Allowing reclassification for a commercial purpose was not an acceptable reason, Mr Gibbs said. It s not a community- driven project, it s a commercially-driven project. Children used the grass area behind the preschool to play cricket in summer, and it should remain a community space, Mr Gibbs said. The extension of the build- ing into the existing driveway would remove a turning bay for cars visiting the library, which would have to reverse out to the road, he said. He also fears increasing the size of the preschool will result in high traffic of 30 to 60 cars a day. This development cannot go forward. The disruption of access to the local community is high. The RSA or Pukerua Bay School were more appropriate sites for the preschool, Mr Gibbs suggested. Wellington Free Kindergar- ten took over management of the preschool in 2006 from Plunket, which had struggled to stay afloat. The preschool can currently cater for 13 children each morning, which would increase to 30 if the extension went ahead. When it first proposed the extension to the council in September last year, it had planned for a two-storey building but consultation with the residents association convinced it to remain a one- storey building, council resource planner for leisure assets Katie Brown said. Raroa Reserve is currently classified as a scenic a res- erve, an area of scenic interest and beauty to be protected and preserved in perpetuity. However, current use of the area is already in contradic- tion to the reserve s classifi- cation, Ms Brown says. Technically the council should not mow the grass area behind the library, as it is not supposed to cut vegetation on scenic a reserves.
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