No luck with build­ing per­mit

The Compass - - EDITORIAL OPINION -

Dear edi­tor,

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

Car­bon­ear

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