Suffer the little children
23/05/2007 12:00:00 a.m.
CHILDREN and support groups will suffer if Crossways Community House closes, says Iona Pannett, a member the Save Crossways Campaign.
The community centre on the corner of Elizabeth and Brougham Streets in Mount Victoria is owned by St Andrew’s on the Terrace.
The church announced they would sell the land on April 29 to help pay for earthquake strengthening of St Andrew’s.
Pannett is concerned about the 30 families who use Crossways as a crèche five mornings a week.
"There’s a lack of childcare facilities in the inner city as it is," she says. "The crèche currently has 60 people on the waiting list, and just the other day I spoke to a woman who was on 14 crèche waiting lists in Wellington."
Pannett is also concerned about the shortage of community space in the inner city.
"Many support groups like Alcoholics Anonymous, as well as dance and political groups, meet at Crossways. The groups have been coming here for years because there is nowhere else to go."
Crossways is located on valuable land ($1.3 to $1.6 million), says Pannet.
"I’m worried it will be sold to be developed into a town house. As a Mount Victoria resident I am tired of the inappropriate developments there. I know we need more houses in the inner city but at the expense of community facilities?"
Save Crossways Campaign is calling for Mount Victoria residents to attend a public meeting on May 30 to discuss the options for the centre, 7pm at St John’s.
"We are looking at asking the Wellington City Council to put $300,000 into the building to cover the interest on the mortgage. Public support is running high for the campaign; we managed to get 500 signatures to save Crossways in just 10 lunchtimes."