Cannons Creek to get makeover

KRIS DANDO
Last updated 10:06 14/01/2014
Cannons Creek
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Changes afoot: Taxi driver Luse Rodgers, left, and Porirua City councillor Izzy Ford in front of the often-graffitied taxi stand at the Cannons Creek shops.

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Cannons Creek shoppers will notice changes over the next few months, as moves are made to make the precinct safer for pedestrians and traffic.

The cramped car park in front of the shops, with its angle parking, would disappear, Porirua City councillor Izzy Ford said.

More car parks would be created - at different angles to the current formation - and the taxi stand would probably be moved.

Better lighting, alternative exits on to Mungavin Ave, lowering the speed limit and at least one more pedestrian crossing are on the agenda, too.

Ms Ford expected plans to be finalised by Porirua City Council in the coming weeks.

"There are safety issues at night here [at the taxi stand], and with the tight parking there have been a few bumps as well.

"We want practical solutions and better exits for the traffic."

Ms Ford said the taxi stand was well-used by many in the community, so its relocation would be carefully considered.

Putting it around the corner in Bedford St would not happen because it was not well lit at night.

She said the area's upgrade was overdue.

"We're not talking revolution, more evolution.

"This is something that's been in pipeline for a while and it comes down to the safety of our children [Cannons Creek School children use the shops after school] and the regular users of this area."

Luse Rodgers has been driving her taxi in Porirua since the 1980s and often uses the taxi rank.

She said changes would be good for the community.

"As long as the taxi stand isn't moved too far from here, I'm happy.

"People know where the stand is and it's good for the businesses," she said.

Ms Rodgers had seen many instances of people backing into each other in the car park over the years.

Ms Ford said the cost of the improvements would not be known until detailed designs were done, but money would come from the council's village planning and minor safety works budgets.

The NZ Transport Agency might also contribute.

Input from residents and business owners was important before the plans were locked in, Ms Ford said.

"People need to have a say," she said. "You're always going to have people who don't like what council comes up with, so now's the time to comment."

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