Con­sul­tant hired to help find so­lu­tion to walk­way is­sue

Cape Breton Post - - NORTHSIDE/VICTORIA -

NORTH SYD­NEY — North Syd­ney’s Busi­ness Im­prove­ment De­vel­op­ment As­so­ci­a­tion (BIDA) and Marine At­lantic have en­gaged a con­sul­tant to help find a so­lu­tion to the walk­way is­sue at Marine At­lantic’s North Syd­ney ter­mi­nal.

The walk­way al­lows pedes­trian traf­fic to pass through the prop­erty.

In or­der to com­ply with Trans­port Canada reg­u­la­tions, Marine At­lantic has un­til April 1 to have a se­cu­rity plan in place that in­cludes pos­si­ble clo­sure of the gate­way just off Com­mer­cial Street.

Pas­sen­gers trav­el­ling Marine At­lantic's ferry ser­vice be­tween North Syd­ney and New­found­land can look for­ward to en­hanced se­cu­rity mea­sures in­clud­ing lug­gage, ve­hi­cle and drop trailer searches. Photo iden­ti­fi­ca­tion will also be re­quired at the ticket booths.

A steer­ing com­mit­tee made up of rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the three lev­els of gov­ern­ment, Marine At­lantic and BIDA have been meet­ing to try to find a so­lu­tion that would al­low con­tin­ued ac­cess for pedes­tri­ans.

Ek­istics Plan­ning and De­sign of Dart­mouth, a multi-dis­ci­plinary con­sult­ing firm spe­cial­iz­ing in land de­vel­op­ment plan­ning, de­sign and project man­age­ment, will do an eval­u­a­tion of Marine At­lantic’s prop­erty based on aerial pho­tos, to­pog­ra­phy and maps.

The ini­tial meet­ing be­tween Ek­istics and the steer- ing com­mit­tee is sched­uled for Mon­day, Feb. 22, at 1 p.m.

“Ek­istics will gather in­for­ma­tion and pro­vide stake­hold­ers with pos­si­ble op­tions, along with a bud­get for each of those op­tions,” said BIDA com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer Monique Cashin. “ We’ll see what op­tions meet our needs of hav­ing and im­prov­ing ac­cess for the pub­lic.”

BIDA is con­cerned that clos­ing off pedes­trian ac­cess will ad­versely af­fect the down­town busi­nesses and po­ten­tial tourist traf­fic. It would also re­strict North Syd­ney res­i­dents who use the pedes­trian walk­way to ac­cess the hospi­tal, In­dian Beach and busi­nesses in the Purves Street area.

“The short-term so­lu­tion with the com­mis­sion­aires is work­ing fine for now,” Cashin said. “I’m pleased with how the re­la­tion­ship is de­vel­op­ing with Marine At­lantic, it is re­ally pos­i­tive. If res­i­dents have a safe way to travel from one side of the com­mu­nity to the other and Marine At­lantic can reach a level of se­cu­rity that com­plies with cur­rent reg­u­la­tions, ev­ery­body wins.”

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