Kapi-Mana News : April 16th 2013
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PORIRUA SHOPPING CENTRE (Opposite Countdown), PORIRUA PH: 238 2563 Super Savings with our Fresh NZ Lamb Sale! 5307696AA New-look village five weeks away By ANDREA O'NEIL Pauatahanui s main street will be easier to navigate once vil- lage planning upgrades are fin- ished in late May. Work starts this week on the third stage of the rural village s plan and should take five weeks, says Porirua City Coun- cil s Jason Harvey-Wills. The footpath running from the General Store to the petrol station will be upgraded, with new paving work making use of existing paving stones. The path will be widened in front of the General Store and GroundUp Cafe where barely any footpath exists and people have to walk behind parked cars next to the road in order to access the shops, Mr Harvey- Wills says. If you ve got a pram, especially a double pram, you can t get in at all. Existing carparks will be moved further into the road to make room for the new foot- path. A deck just north of the Gen- eral Store will be removed and two new carparks, plus bike parks, put in its place. A duct will be installed the length of the footpath so it won t have to be dug up in the future when infrastructure services are upgraded. Another awkward spot, the pedestrian crossing by the pet- rol station, will have its dip lev- elled to make it easier to walk and wheel a pram across, Mr Harvey-Wills says. An adjoining paved garden will be beautified, with new paving, planting and the instal- lation of two picnic tables in place of the existing seats, he says. After school it s a great area for parents to wait for their kids. Time limit restrictions for parking have also been intro- duced. People parking all day on the main street inconvenien- ced shop customers and school parents, Mr Harvey-Wills says. Spaces now have limits of 10 and 90 minutes. A carpark outside the World War II memorial at the south end of the village has been removed after a resident said it was not respectful. Sewage reticulation is another part of the plan, and it is possible this will be complete by Christmas, he says. Porirua pad mooted Water works: The splash pad at Marine Gardens in Raumati Beach was a popular destination this summer. By KRIS DANDO Porirua children will get to enjoy the wet wonders of a splash pad in the near future if Elaine Thomsen has her way. The Pukerua Bay resident says the delight her grandchildren experienced at Raumati Beach s Marine Gardens splash pad over the summer compelled her to ask Porirua mayor Nick Leggett about adding one to a Porirua park. I found him very receptive and he encouraged me to make a sub- mission [on the Annual Plan]. I just want to put the idea out there that this is something that would be fantastic for the city. The kids are active doing it, having fun, socialising and they re getting used to being around water. I could not get [grandchild] Isabelle away from the splash pad, she was soaked and loving every minute. The Raumati facility has water cannons, spraying jets and tipping buckets. Ms Thomsen says such an attraction would potentially bring visitors from outside the city. One man I was speaking to there [Raumati] had come from Karori with his kids. Cost could be a hurdle. The Kapiti splash pad, the only one in the region, opened last year as part of a $550,000 revamp of the gardens. Ms Thomsen says an ideal location for one would be near the Aotea Lagoon. Mr Leggett says he loves the thought of a splash pad in Porirua and it could be considered as part of the city centre upgrade. I don t think we d want to duplicate what they have in Rau- mati but make it unique to Pori- rua. We have a young population and we need to reflect that in our recreational facilities. He says budgets are tight but it is important to make Porirua an attractive destination. He praised Ms Thomsen for contacting him and making a submission. What people can do, with things like this, is build momentum. I hope it s in the doable category. Ms Thomsen says the backing of Lions and Rotary clubs in Pori- rua could help get the project off the ground. Her idea has received plenty of anecdotal backing, even in light of recent region-wide water bans. Titahi Bay School raised it in its newsletter and Ms Thomsen is calling on people to make submis- sions to council in support of the splash pad before April 26.
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