Car­bon­ear to add blue-zone park­ing down­town

The Compass - - Editorial - BY AN­DREW ROBIN­SON editor@cb­n­com­pass.ca

The Town of Car­bon­ear is look­ing to set up eight blue-zone park­ing spa­ces on Water Street be­tween O’Dono­van’s Lane and Church Street.

The Town of Car­bon­ear is look­ing to en­hance ac­ces­si­bil­ity to the down­town area by es­tab­lish­ing eight blue-zone park­ing spa­ces on Water Street.

The eight blue-zone spa­ces for peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties will be spread out be­tween O’Dono­van’s Lane and Church Street, with four per side along Water Street.

The mo­tion to es­tab­lish blue­zone park­ing spa­ces was ap­proved at the March 21 coun­cil meet­ing.

Coun. Ed Goff ex­pressed some reser­va­tions about the move, men­tion­ing the area around the post of­fice is al­ready fairly con­gested, with a cross­walk and fire

hy­drant also tak­ing up some curb space.

“I know de­mo­graph­ics are chang­ing and we need more blue zones — that’s rec­og­nized,” he said at the meet­ing. “But I think we have to have a bit more thought put into where we have the walk­ways and the yel­low zones as well around some of these ar­eas.”

The por­tion of Water Street in ques­tions cov­ers ap­prox­i­mately 700 me­tres.

The town was look­ing at plac­ing the blue-zone spa­ces near in­ter­sec­tions and cross­walks to best serve the needs of peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties, ac­cord­ing to chief ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fi­cer Cyn­thia Davis.

Coun. Ray Noel, not feel­ing there was a need to avoid ap­prov­ing the blue-zone space, did agree it would be worth­while to speak with Tract Con­sult­ing, the group han­dling the town’s down­town re­vi­tal­iza­tion study, and dis­cuss lo­ca­tions fur­ther with the pub­lic works depart­ment. Coun. David Kennedy agreed.

“Two weeks time we’re back here again,” he said. “You’re not go­ing to paint it in two weeks any­way.”

Tract Con­sult­ing rep­re­sen­ta­tives were sched­uled to meet with the town for a presentation on the study last week.

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April 22, 3 p.m. Car­bon­ear Le­gion lo­cal tal­ent night

I know de­mo­graph­ics are chang­ing and we need more blue zones — that’s rec­og­nized. But I think we have to have a bit more thought put into where we have the walk­ways and the yel­low zones as well around some of these ar­eas.

— Coun. Ed Goff

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