Camp­ground quar­rel

Clarke’s Beach res­i­dent protests ex­pan­sion ac­tiv­i­ties at camp­ground

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BY BUR­TON K. JANES

A Clarke’s Beach woman took ex­tra­or­di­nary mea­sures last week to protest the ex­pan­sion of Mountainview RV Park, while the park owner de­fended his ac­tions, say­ing the de­vel­op­ment would ben­e­fit the town.

Park Av­enue res­i­dent Mil­dred Snow used her ve­hi­cle to block the street for a brief time on Thurs­day, June 2, tem­po­rar­ily halt­ing the move­ment of con­struc­tion equip­ment and other traf­fic to and from the park.

She agreed to move af­ter an RCMP of­fi­cer in­ter­vened, and later gave a state­ment to po­lice.

Her protest was sparked by ac­tiv­i­ties re­lated to the de­mo­li­tion of two di­lap­i­dated build­ings on Mug­ford’s prop­erty.

“I had to do some­thing, and I made my point,” said the re­tired pub­lic ser­vice worker.

It was her lat­est pub­lic show of dis­plea­sure to­wards the pro­ject, and fol­lowed an im­pas­sioned plea to the Clarke’s Beach town coun­cil dur­ing its meet­ing on May 30.

Snow feels her pri­vacy is be­ing vi­o­lated be­cause of an un­usual amount of traf­fic on her street. Her pri­mary concern is that, though the fa­cil­ity’s main en­trance/ exit is lo­cated on Brook Av­enue, with re­cent park ex­pan­sion, many campers are us­ing Park Av­enue, which has been des­ig­nated by the town as an emer­gency-only exit.

“ The room is just not there,” said Snow, who has lived in the area since 1993. “I fear it’s only a mat­ter of time be­fore coun­cil re­al­izes this road­way is not suited for large, heavy traf­fic, es­pe­cially when our chil­dren are off from school.”

Snow said Park Av­enue is no longer the quiet, peace­ful neigh­bour­hood it once was.

Can’t stop progress

The camp­ground is sand­wiched be­tween Park and Brook av­enues, within close prox­im­ity to a res­i­den­tial area. Its owner, Ernie Mug­ford, is un­apolo­getic.

“ You can’t stop progress of a town be­cause one or two cit­i­zens don’t like what’s go­ing on,” he told The Com­pass.

Snow lives on a nar­row road lo­cated di­rectly op­po­site the park, the road that also leads to the town’s fam­ily park.

In her ad­dress to coun­cil,Snow crit­i­cized the way in which the ex­pan­sion was be­ing car­ried out, and ques­tioned whether Mug­ford was ad­her­ing to the stip­u­la­tions set down by coun­cil when it ap­proved the 50-site ex­pan­sion in mid-April.

Snow has no de­sire to “stop change.” Her only wish is that change be for “the bet­ter­ment of

Pauline Yet­man is the owner/op­er­a­tor of the Ad­mi­ral’s Café and Gift Store on the south­side of Har­bour Grace. The ship­shaped struc­ture, which houses the shop at the en­trance to the Ad­mi­ral’s Ma­rina, has gone through some stormy seas to catch a per­mit to op­er­ate.

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