Ridley Hall a ‘sad shell’
I’d like to comment on an article headlined “Council approves Ridley Hall demolition,” which appeared in the May 22, 2012 edition of The Compass.
Ridley Hall, which today is a sad shell, and completely at odds with its illustrious past, will face being torn down. Combine the undervalue of heritage issues, the lack of money for heritage, and not promoting the town for its rich heritage, and it is next to impossible to create a culture of conservation.
How can the residents of Harbour Grace feel inspired or empowered to take a more active role in protecting and cherishing their historic environment when there is such a disconnect between the town council in Harbour Grace and its residents involving heritage.
The Town of Harbour Grace has decided to accept a funding arrangement with the provincial government to build a new arena in the town. I am really bewildered. Is this a misguided extravagance?
Rhonda Parsons writes from Toronto. She is a seasonal resident of Harbour Grace, and spent many sum
mers during her youth in the town.