Council’s handling of road issue condemned
I have been watching with interest the debate between the Town of Carbonear and Debra and Walter Bradbury over their land and the access road, commonly known as nameless road.
This summer I happened to drive through Carbonear and had a look at the land and road myself. I understand that the only access to their land is by the road in question. The road, which is the continuation of Bunker Hill Road, prevents Bunker Hill Road and English Hill road from being dead-end roads. The road is also shown on every map of Carbonear that I could find. The official statement from the Town of Carbonear is: “ The road is a nonroad.”
The Carbonear Town Council will not give the Bradbury’s permission to build on their property because according to them there is no road access to the property.
The road in question has been used by the residents and maintained by the town for decades, and yet the town considers it a “nonroad”. This to me seems too foolish for words. I cannot believe that a town council couuld have such a backwards way of thinking.
Coun. Gladys Mercer seems to be the person who is driving a wedge into this issue. She seems to be the only councillor who is adamant in not giving the Bradbury’s a permit to build.
And it boggles me as to why the province of Newfoundland and Labrador has been completely silent and has not intervened to resolve the issue.
The Bradbury’s must, by this time, be beguiled and bewildered. It is shameful that our great province and the beautiful Town of Carbonear causes such grief for people who want to come here and live, retire, pay taxes, and contribute to progress.
To me, it seems like some people just don’t like progress. What kind of impression is this giving to people who come from away to visit or to settle? Why not show these people that we are a thinking forward? Town of Carbonear, it is time to move out of the “ merchant mentality” dark ages and think 21st century.
Janet Johnson St. Jones Within