Letter to the Editor -
It is municipal election time again. I was just wondering how the residents of Sullivan Street and especially those of Main Street West and area would vote this time.
Sullivan Street liviers rejected a housing development on their street. The town council refused to abide by the request of those people and let a developer do as he pleased. Now, we have a more serious situation in the west end of the former Town of Windsor, that being an industrial development. The residents in and around this area have flatly rejected this proposal.
The volume of heavy traffic (tandem trucks, tractor trailers, excavation equipment and large buses "not school buses") have inundated this area for the past couple of years. Complaints have been forwarded to our present councilors and the problem has only been compounded by inadequate signage. Example: no trucks in access of 19,000 kg mass, then 50 feet away, trucks in access of 19,000 kg mass must use industrial access road Arrow directing large vehicles into Main Street residential area. Main Street West has become an extension of the Trans Canada Highway.
At least 40 per cent of this traffic originates from the so-called industrial site on the back end of the former town of Windsor. It is out of control., Imagine what it will be like should this business development get the go ahead. It would be like having our homes on the Trans Canada Highway. This business proposal has once again come up for review by the Director of Engineering, Mr. Jeff Saunders under the disguise of a new plan.
I guess Mr. Saunders does not get the message or simply ignores the wishes of the people who live in the west end of the town, just as the wishes of the people of Sullivan Street were ignored. This business plan was already turned down. I beg to ask, who is running this town? It certainly seems to me and many more that our councillors are not in control.
Can you just imagine what would happen to the value of our properties and what remaining peacefulness we have left should this proposal proceed?
The area where this business wants to set up shop is on the industrial access road. That's right (access road) put there only to access businesses that were on the back end of town.
Recently land adjacent to this road was purchased from a private individual by this businessman and all of a sudden the whole area is now to be an industrial site. Who is pulling whose strings?
Why is this town not encouraging industrial development towards Bishop's Falls, a move that will bring us closer together in our quest for amalgamation?
We now have a few people who want to put industry in the middle of residential areas of Grand Falls-Windsor. This makes no sense at all! If this town were properly managed there would be only one major industrial area in our community. To encourage another industrial area in the west end of our town, in my opinion, is not only mismanagement of our town but also disrespect for the citizens who live in this area.
This letter is not intended to be anti-business. I encourage business but not at the expense of our properties and peaceful neighbourhoods!
Kevin J. Whiffen