Post of­fice park­ing crit­i­cized

Clarke’s Beach coun­cil wants Canada Post to take ac­tion

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BY TERRY ROBERTS

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.

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