Peace and harmony?
Town reaches compromise over use of building
The Carbonear Town Council passed a special motion at its April 6 regular council meeting last Monday offering use of the Princess Sheila 50-Plus Centre to the Carbonear Island Senior Citizens Club.
The Carbonear Island Seniors have been offered the use of the Water Street building for their regular meetings on Tuesday or Thursday nights.
Apparently those were the nights when the facility was made available because the Princess Sheila 50 Plus Seniors Club already use the centre on Wednesday and Friday nights for meetings and card games.
For several months Council has found itself caught in the middle of a dispute between the Princess Sheila 50 Plus Seniors Club, who have been using the building for 21 years (since 1988), and the more recently formed Carbonear Island Seniors Club. The latter group is made up of seniors who claim they were “ kicked out of the ( Princess Sheila) Club.”
Tom Reynolds of the Carbonear Island Seniors group told The Compass afterwards the Princess Sheila Club only started their card games on Friday nights about a month ago when they found out his group had asked Council for use of the building on Friday nights.
Council has been working with both groups in an effort to resolve a long-standing dispute over use of the building, which is owned by the town.
That dispute came to a head Friday, April 3 when the splinter group staged a peaceful demonstration outside the building, while the Princess Sheila group were inside having their game of cards. The demonstrators carried placards which read: “Bullying... won’t be tolerated and The town owns this building NOT the Princess Sheila Club.”
But it was signs suggesting Council had abandoned them and “ Council should resign,” that Mayor Sam Slade didn’t appreciate.
“This Council has worked long and hard to ensure the Carbonear Island Seniors have use of that building, without taking away from any other group,”