Post office parking criticized
Clarke’s Beach council wants Canada Post to take action
There’s a debate brewing over parking and public safety at the post office in Clarke’s Beach, and Coun. Roland Andrews is among those voicing concerns about the situation.
During a regular meeting last month, Coun. Andrews lashed out at Canada Post, saying the Crown corporation “ just doesn’t care” and suggested a serious accident is imminent at the outlet, which is located on a busy stretch of the Conception Bay Highway.
He said parking is “non-existent” and suggested Canada Post should take a serious look at addressing the problem.
It’s the latest salvo in a parking problem that has been causing concern for some time.
Added Coun. Winston Vokey: “It’s too small an area for the amount of traffic.”
Andrews also complained that Canada Post did not seek approval to install extra community mail boxes outside the post office, a decision, he said, that only adds to the congestion.
The postal outlet is a standalone building, owned by Canada Post. The building is situated on a — forgive us — postage stamp-sized piece of property, and offers space for only two or three vehicles. Customers must park on the side of the street, or in a nearby commercial parking lot.
The Orange Lodge is located behind the post office, and there’s been ongoing disagreement between the operators of the Lodge and Canada Post officials. The Lodge erected a fence around its perimeter last year because its parking lot was being degraded by the large number of Canada Post customers who would turn around their vehicles on the lot, stirring up the gravel and creating a landscape of potholes.
Lodge member Harold Dawe said the group tried for several years to reach some kind of agreement with Canada Post to cost-share the paving of the lot, but to no avail.
“ If they had played along, they could have kept on using our parking lot,” said Dawe.” We gave them a chance to work with us, but they wouldn’t.”
Dawe said the Lodge had to continually spend money to maintain its lot, even though most of the vehicles using the lot were Canada Post customers.
Dawe said the fence has been damaged on several occasions, and he believes the mail delivery truck, which pulls up to a rear loading door, is responsible for at least two incidents.
Canada Post spokesperson Denise Corra said the the Corporation received its first complaint from
“If they had played along, they could
have kept on using our parking lot.We gave them a chance to work
with us, but they wouldn’t.”
the town about parking on Jan. 21.
“ Prior to a call on that date, we had not received any calls or feedback from councillors or customers,” she said.
Corra said the area superintendent for Canada Post has agreed to meet with town officials to discuss their concerns about parking.
As for relations with the Orange Lodge, Corra stated: “ We weren’t in a position to ( pave) their property,” she said.
Clarke’s Beach Mayor Betty Moore said the town wrote Canada Post several years ago, suggesting that it lease space in the new town hall, where parking is abundant. Again, Corra said that won’t happen.
“ We own the building in Clarke’s Beach. We won’t be moving into a leased premise,” she said.
On the issue of expansion, Corra wrote in an e-mail: “ We have not experienced growth in the number of post office boxes at the Clarke’s Beach post office.”
There is growing concern about parking and public safety at the post office in Clarke’s Beach.