Kapi-Mana News : November 15th 2011
26 KAPI-MANA NEWS, NOVEMBER 15, 2011 NEWS CHANGES TO PORIRUA CITY COUNCIL RUBBISH AND RECYCLING COLLECTIONS In Papakowhai & Paremata Beginning Wednesday 30 November 2011, Council rubbish bags and kerbside recycling collections in the above areas will change from Thursday to Wednesday collections. This change will affect residents in Porirua City living in the streets listed below: Council refuse bags and recycling in bins or plastic bags should be placed on the kerbside before 8am each Wednesday. If you have any questions please call: Porirua City Council ph: 237 5089 Paremata Rd Tweed Rd Beauluy Gr Naver Gr Brora Cres Findhorn Pl Eskdale Rd Solway Pl Glen Gavel Gr Tombane Tce Cromarty Pl Dornoch Pl Romesdale Gr Forth Pl Moray Gr Iona Gr Eskdale Gr Tombane Ln Livet Gr Tirowhanga Rd Oak Ave Paremata Dr Kahu Rd Kiwiwai Rd Papakowhai Rd Lauderdale Rd Karoro Pl Kenef Gr Paremata Cres Seaview Rd Langwell Gr Kinloch Pl Cassley Gr Yarrow Pl Halladale Rd Makora Gr Paremata Hayward Rd Annan Gr Bayview Rd Kinnel Gr Where Gr Ness Gr Spey Gr Ayr Gr Doon Gr Ettrick Gr Whitianga Gr 4065167AB Park proposal: Plimmerton resident Roger Johnston is part of a group helping to collate feedback from local residents on future changes to Karehana Park. Park plan goes on show By KRIS DANDO An open day is being held at Plimmerton's Karehana Park this Saturday to show proposals for the site's future redevelop- ment. When the promenade seating and Plimmerton railway station projects were being completed, the much-used park -- which sits between Airlie and Cluny roads -- was identified as needing a sprucing up''. A survey was sent to residents and 78 replies were received, commenting on what changes, if any, were desired. Key concerns included drainage of the field, the need for better fencing, the tired playground, and the lack of plants and poor access. The latter is important to Karehana Park Project Group member Roger Johnston, who has a grandson in a wheelchair. Many of us have kids and grandkids that use this park; every child in Plimmerton has probably learnt to fly a kite, ride a bike or kick a ball in this park at some stage. But it hasn't got great access, there's no path and the playground is quite tired.'' Other proposals include: The addition of a pavilion or covered area. A combined basketball/football space. Making part of the park an orchard or community garden. Installing sculptures, public art and a his- tory board. Mr Johnston says Bill Inge, Andrew Gray and other members of Porirua City Council's parks team have been fantastic to work with as they move through the process. They will be at the open day -- between 10am and noon on November 19 -- to hear residents' views and mark out spots where changes may occur. Mr Johnston said: The community want to be involved and rather than just getting a handout from council and then deciding what to do, it's great that we're having that input. It creates a real sense of confidence and ownership for people over a space that is heavily used.'' Wilde lifts lid on super-city plans By JIM CHIPP WHAT IS PROPOSED? A single regional council handling regional land use and infrastructure planning, replacing eight city and district councils, and rating householders. A single regional district plan, replacing the eight current ones. Several community councils replacing the existing territorial authorities and making local decisions. The advantages for the model in the paper are critical mass and expertise in the areas that need an integrated strategic approach; local decision-making on local issues. The paper proposed that communities should be consulted in 2012 and legislation prepared and passed in time for a new council to elected in 2013. Greater Wellington Regional Council chairwoman Fran Wilde has dragged the debate on Wellington region's future council arrangements into the daylight. A discussion paper circulated to regional councillors has been made public, proposing a single regional council with one district plan and control of regional infrastructure, such as water, sewage and transport. Community councils would replace existing city and district councils. The 11-strong Wellington Council would have a single Porirua member, with the leader elected at large across the region. Before the paper, debate had been carried out around the fringes. Wellington's regional Mayoral Forum, all mayors from Masterton and Kapiti to Wel- lington, had proposed taking control of the Wellington Regional Strategy committee and its funding for Grow Wellington. More recently it had proposed all councils rate their residents to fund a share of Wel- lington's regional events and attractions. Wairarapa regional councillor Gary McPhee signed up, despite early misgivings. He said a bigger council would have more clout with central government and it could provide a single set of rules for business across boundaries, but Wairarapa people were unlikely to agree to anything that involved being under Wellington. Wellington regional councillor Paul Bruce said he was not part of the group pushing a super-city council, although he does support having water, stormwater, sewage, transport and spatial planning under a single authority. He wants Wellington city retained in its present form, but says some councils at the fringe, such as the two Hutt ones, could benefit from amalgamation. There would be benefits from increased co-operation on such things as resource con- sents, but it made more sense for that to be under the regional council rather than the Mayoral Forum. They [the forum] have no mandate from the public and that is a very important aspect.'' Wellington regional councillor Judith Aitken also supported the plan, saying present arrangements in the Wellington region were not necessarily working in the interests of the region. I'm very much in favour of having indi- vidual communities decision-making, with over-riding regional decision-making.'' She was also worried about the increas- ing power of central government.
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