More on bus parking controversy in Carbonear
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