Put brakes on park­ing prob­lems

The Compass - - EDITORIAL OPINION -

Edi­tor’s note: The fol­low­ing let­ter was writ­ten to Bay Roberts mayor Glenn Lit­tle­john, and copied to The Com­pass. Mayor Lit­tle­john,

I would like to ex­press my con­cern with the park­ing sit­u­a­tion in ev­ery mall, plaza and place of busi­ness in your beau­ti­ful town. There seems to be no at­ten­tion paid to the no park­ing signs, par­tic­u­larly in fire routes.

Block­ing en­trances to doors and cre­at­ing haz­ardous sit­u­a­tions for shop­pers, in­clud­ing older folks and young chil­dren, seems to be the norm in Bay Roberts. I feel it’s just a mat­ter of time un­til some­one is se­ri­ously in­jured or worse as a re­sult of try­ing to nav­i­gate their way be­tween the il­le­gally parked ve­hi­cles and into the path of a mov­ing traf­fic.

I sin­cerely hope this will never hap­pen but I fear I may be wrong about that.

Bay Roberts is grow­ing rapidly and is cer­tainly a fine lo­ca­tion which pro­vides all the goods and ser­vices any­one needs. In my hum­ble opin­ion, it’s time to cre­ate park­ing en­force­ment ser­vices in or­der to im­prove safety and put some funds in the town cof­fers.

Please con­sider chang­ing the no park­ing signs in front of Pow­ell’s, Do­min­ion, Beaver plaza, etc. to no stand­ing and en­force the new rules with vigour.

To post­pone ad­dress­ing this is­sue as the town grows into a thriv­ing cen­tre of ac­tiv­ity would only has­ten the un­safe sit­u­a­tion to­wards even­tual dis­as­ter. Thank you for your time and I hope you will se­ri­ously con­sider ad­dress­ing this dan­ger­ous sit­u­a­tion be­fore a fam­ily mem­ber is lost for­ever. Rod Sparkes Ge­orge­town

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