CHAOS LOOMS

Stirling Times - - Opinion -

IF the MRA (Metropoli­tan Re­de­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity) back­flips and ap­proves the 43 and 38-storey sky­scrapers for Scar­bor­ough's beach­front, be pre­pared for chaos ahead.

With a to­tal of 81 floors, these mas­sive Shang­haistyle tow­ers will take years to com­plete and the cor­ner of West Coast High­way and Scar­bor­ough Beach Road will be­come one huge con­struc­tion site.

This ma­jor in­ter­sec­tion will clog fre­quently, ne­ces­si­tat­ing traf­fic di­ver­sions down Brighton Road in the south, up El­liot Road in the north and through most roads and back streets.

How­ever, much of this chaos can be avoided if the MRA in­sists that the de­vel­oper's ar­chi­tects work within the MRA Scar­bor­ough Master Plan's height limit of 18 storeys.

With twin 18storey tow­ers, it would still be the largest de­vel­op­ment on our coast but it would now have some vis­ual equi­lib­rium.

TIM PEAR­SON, Scar­bor­ough

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