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A CINEMA IN PONSONBY I read with interest the letter from James Gordon regarding the need for a cinema in Ponsonby and I would like to offer some background which may shed some light on why there is not a cinema in this area and probably never will be. I completely agree there is a need for a cinema in the area and while some might say we are over supplied with cinemas in Auckland, the recent opening of The Monterey Cinema in Howick the expansion of the Bridgeway in Northcote and the re-opening of the Capitol in Dominion Road would demonstrate the quality end of the cinema business has room to grow. The big sticking point with cinemas is council parking requirements which sit at around one car park for every three seats unless you have existing use rights. The three now closed cinemas in the area which are still standing, Grey Lynn, Three Lamps and Pt Chevalier have all lost any existing use right due the period they have been closed. Only Pt Chevalier would have any chance given the large parking around the back of the shopping centre but I do not see this happening any time soon if at all and I am sure the council would make this very difficult. When the original Soho project was announced a number of interested groups approached the developer with a view to opening a cinema in the development and given the large number of car parks on site this was achieved and an agreement was reached obviously subject to the development proceeding. Then along came the property and finance market meltdown and down went Soho. All was potentially not lost when Progressive then stepped in and purchased the site but they were not willing to have a cinema as part of their project (once again I assume due to parking issues) and the last really perfect site for a cinema in the area was lost. Other developments may have been able to fill the breach most notably Victoria Park Market but the logistics of the site and once again the parking issues drowned this idea before it got off the ground. Possibly the last chance is on the waterfront as part of a wider entertainment area but I have not seen any mention of this in any of the proposals so I would suggest inner city residents will have to continue travelling to Northcote, Balmoral, Epsom, Newmarket, Queen Street and St Lukes to get their film fix as Ponsonby isn’t going to happen any time soon. Mark Galloway, SCREENLINE LIMITED, Ponsonby EARTHQUAKE-STRENGTHENING WORK TO ST STEPHEN’S PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH Clearly the 50 or so remaining parishioners of St Stephen’s Presbyterian Church in Jervois Road cannot be expected to carry out any necessary earthquake-strengthening work. A second opinion on the need for this work on what appears to be a substantial, well-built wooden structure is needed in the first instance. Although there is some protection afforded by ‘heritage’ status, to place the property on the open market runs the risk of ‘accidental’ collapse or incineration as we have seen recently. Surely preservation of this lovely building is a community responsibility with the Presbyterian community as trustworthy curators? We cannot afford any more losses of attractive historical structures to unscrupulous and insensitive ‘developers’. The two ugly muti-storey concrete structures, at the junction of Shelley Beach Road and Jervois Road, are two too many. MICHAEL BAYLIS, Ponsonby

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LIKE US! www.facebook.com/ponsonbynews RESIDENT’S PARKING IN FREEMANS BAY As a resident of Freemans Bay, I have noticed a significant increase in commuter parking since the restrictions in St Mary’s Bay came in to effect. This is especially problematic for us as my wife is an emergency doctor who works shifts, and we do not have off-street parking. The impact of this is most strongly felt when she returns from a night-shift at 9am, and there are no parks available close to our house. This results in her driving around for quite a while, often when she is very tired and sleep deprived, to try and find a park. In addition, when she then has to leave for work at say 10:30pm, she may have a considerable walk to get to her car. While I consider the local streets to be very safe, she does not feel comfortable walking around the streets on her own at this time of night. I am in principle in agreement with the scheme in St Mary’s Bay, but if it is going to be implemented, it should also at least cover Freemans Bay, as it is equally close to the city. Do any other residents have similar concerns? DAVID KING, Resident of Ireland Street PORTS OF AUCKLAND EXPANSION I love Ponsonby News, keep up the good work. I am totally opposed to any expansion of Ports of Auckland. We desperately need to preserve our wonderful harbour. The obvious answer to me is to develop a new container port at Marsden Point, Whangarei. Our Auckland Council could easily be involved. This is the perfect example of how a “public/private partnership” could work extremely well. A rail link to Marsden Point would not be difficult. Job creation up north is desperately needed. Let’s hope Len Brown reconsiders his total opposition to any “selling off” of the “ports”. In fact it should be looked at as a “re-investment” for the whole region. BOB LEAHY, Henderson NO SNOBS AROUND HERE I have only been a Ponsonby local for a very short time. I have spent most of my life living and working in a small provincial town in the Hawkes Bay region where I always thought the local community spirit there was the best it could get! Well, Ponsonby News you have proved me wrong, in fact the Ponsonby community on the whole has proved me wrong! I have to say the Franklin Road lights was a real community inspired event, positive, lively and carried out in the true spirit of Christmas. I defy anyone who says Ponsonby people (or Aucklanders for that matter) are snobbish, because I have found everyone here to be so friendly, energising and uplifting! Ponsonby Central, what a great addition to our neighbourhood. The front cover of the December Ponsonby News really summed it all up; a diverse and interesting community exists here and we all seem to get on with our business and care for each other. And on the subject of caring. Reading through Ponsonby News last month I was so amazed that in a huge city like Auckland there is a community magazine that clearly works hard to support local. Again, I thought that only happened in rural communities. So take note anyone living outside of Ponsonby! Our community spirit is alive and well right here in the middle of the big city and I agree with you Ponsonby News, we do need to support the community we live in by “spending local, eating local and enjoying local”. After all isn’t it all about taking care of our own backyard first? Keep up the great work Ponsonby people and Ponsonby News! And anyone reading this living outside of this inspiring village; do pay a visit, you might be pleasantly surprised. SUZIE MARSHALL, Ponsonby PN

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