Hat­ley Acres pro­ject gets sec­ond look

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Vic­to­ria Vanier

Aspecial meet­ing was held, on Mon­day, re­gard­ing the pro­posed pro­ject to widen and pave Hat­ley Acres Road in Hat­ley Town­ship, a pro­ject which would have seen the re­moval of many large trees along the road and the loss of prop­erty by res­i­dents liv­ing along the pic­turesque route. Be­sides the changes to the land­scape, res­i­dents were con­cerned that traf­fic would speed up along a paved route, fur­ther de­creas­ing the bu­colic charm of the area. Re­sults of a re­cent sur­vey had 60% of re­spon­dents against the paving and 40% in favour of it.

At­tend­ing the meet­ing were mayor Pierre Le­vac, two coun­cil­lors, the As­sis­tant Town Man­ager and five con­cerned cit­i­zens. “Many of the res­i­dents were just dead-set against the pro­ject and would have lost some big trees in front of their homes. There have been enough trees cut in the Can­ton; we used to have many tree tun­nels and there are very few left,” com­mented thirty-year Hat­ley Town­ship res­i­dent, Pat Clow­ery, who at­tended the meet­ing. “We have two ex­perts among our res­i­dents, an ar­chi­tect and a road main­te­nance ex­pert, so we are try­ing to de­vi­ate from the plan of the wide road, deep ditches and cut­ting of trees. The road does need work,” said Mr. Clow­ery.

“I be­lieve we had the best meet­ing so far. It was an in­for­mal meet­ing with eight peo­ple, of dif­fer­ing opin­ions, around the ta­ble. Ev­ery­one agreed that we need a bet­ter road but maybe we’ll cut less trees, make the road nar­rower and the ditches less deep. We will be go­ing back to the draw­ing board and, in a few weeks, hope­fully we’ll have a pre­sen­ta­tion that will suit most,” said mayor Pierre Le­vac.

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