More on bus park­ing con­tro­versy in Car­bon­ear


Dear edi­tor,

It was with great in­ter­est that I read your ar­ti­cle “Open For Busi­ness” in the Feb. 15 is­sue of The Com­pass. The ar­ti­cle con­cerns the Town of Car­bon­ear try­ing to at­tract new res­i­dents and com­mer­cial de­vel­op­ers. This is al­ways a good thing and helps a town grow and pros­per.

I might have one sug­ges­tion for the town and that is if you want to at­tract new res­i­dents you should treat your cur­rent res­i­dents a bit bet­ter when they come to you for help.

A case in point is my cur­rent sit­u­a­tion. I have been try­ing to get the Car­bon­ear town coun­cil to move a school bus that is parked less than 10 feet away from my house, out of a res­i­den­tial area for over a year now. I have had no suc­cess. Coun­cil has told me that they can’t do any­thing about this prob­lem, but that isn’t re­ally the case. It is more like they won’t do any­thing about the prob­lem.

They have made some com­pro­mises as to how long the bus can idle in the drive­way and that it can’t be parked there over the sum­mer or other hol­i­days, but these com­pro­mises still don’t deal with the main prob­lem, and the bus is still there seven days-a-week.

There are by­laws in other mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties such as St John’s and Mount Pearl cov­er­ing the park­ing of large com­mer­cial ve­hi­cles that bans them from res­i­den­tial ar­eas. Car­bon­ear also has a by­law re­strict­ing the park­ing of com­mer­cial ve­hi­cles, but it is a part of a “Home-based busi­ness” by­law.

It states that a home-based busi­ness can’t park a ve­hi­cle greater than two tonnes on their lot or on the road ad­ja­cent to their lot. You would think that this would cover the prob­lem, but coun­cil in­formed me that be­cause the school bus be­longs to Noel Mo­tors, this by­law doesn’t ap­ply.

Mr. Noel has told me and the coun­cil that he would pre­fer that all his driv­ers parked their buses in their own drive­ways be­cause he had been hav­ing prob­lems with van­dal­ism on his park­ing lot. So if ev­ery busi­ness in Car­bon­ear that runs large com­mer­cial ve­hi­cles wants to they can come and park that ve­hi­cle, no mat­ter if it is a bus, trans­port truck or bull­dozer right next to your house and you can’t say a darn thing about it. Doesn’t sound fair, does it? Now don’t get me wrong. I love liv­ing in Car­bon­ear. It is a great town. I grew up here and have fond mem­o­ries of this place. I left when I was 18 to join the army and my wife and I al­ways in­tended to re­turn when I re­tired from the forces.

In 2005, af­ter 25 years in the army, I was med­i­cally re­leased be­cause of a work­place in­jury that I suf­fered while on tour in Is­rael a few years ear­lier. So, af­ter my house on the main­land sold, we packed up and headed home. Other than the on­go­ing prob­lem with the school bus, we have no re­grets. I still feel that the Car­bon­ear town coun­cil could have han­dled this much bet­ter if they had the will to do so, and I hope that they do get it right sooner or later, as I have no in­ten­tion of giv­ing up any time soon. Randy Pike Car­bon­ear

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