No luck with building permit
This letter is in response to several requests by our youth, their parents, and friends in the area to have a properly constructed skateboard park. As I stated in another letter to the editor, I have made contact with all the local town councils and RCMP detachments regarding this matter.
Government funding has been allocated over the past month to this end. June was designated as Youth and Recreation month, with friends made available to repair and construct facilities to accommodate our youths’ needs and activities. Skateboarding would be one of those necessities. The evidence is all around us as we see many young people using them.
I’ve spoken to several skateboarders in our area and they are all hopeful that this park will soon become a reality. Complaints are constantly made about skateboarders using parking lots, etc., and yet other sports have many facilities. Why not skateboarding?
Some of our local participants have to go all the way to St. John’s to the outdoor park at Mundy Pond or the TurnDown indoor park. The latter park is owned and operated by Mr. Rob Yetman, who has suggested that he would even come out here and help in any way with the construction of a local park.
Skateboarding is now considered a very well executed sport and may soon become part of the Olympics program. We have as much responsibility to invest in and support this type of sport as any other, and I repeat — funds have been made available to this end.
How can we not take the upper hand and act out of necessity? Who knows, we might have an Olympic skateboarder in our midst. Joy French-Coleman
Harbour Grace Dear editor,
I would first like to take this opportunity to thank everyone that wrote letters for us to help with our appeal. I would also like to inform everyone that we had our appeal on June 21, and we still did not get our development permit.
We could have our permit if we pay approximately $ 150,000 to upgrade the road and then give it to the town. Then they will give us a building permit. I don’t think there is any town in this country that I would pay the town $150,000 to live there — and I have been to many.
If this road was still a goat path we could understand paying for an upgrade, but this road was and still is a well-used road. If no-name road is an unsafe road, why are emergency vehicles still able to use it? And if there was an accident, wouldn’t that be a big lawsuit? But it might be an illusion.
I feel Carbonear’s town council is not focusing on the right things. They are concentrating on the crane because they think it is an eyesore. Maybe they should look at Water Street and the unsafe roads — no lines and huge pot holes, the intersection of Highroad North, Moores Hill and Bennett’s Hill. Who has the right of way there?
Coun. David Kennedy stated at a town meeting that Bunker Hill was possibly the worst road in Carbonear. I’m sure it is the responsibility of the town council to keep this town safe for all residents and visitors to this town. People using town resources for their own use, like using town employees during working hours for developing their property, is theft. Debra Bradbury