Clarke’s Beach resident protests expansion activities at campground
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
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