Port Mersey Road Frontage
Most Brooklyn property owners, where properties border on a road or street, keep them in good appearance. Even though Port Mersey’s main entrance, the grassy areas to the right and along the roadside are well kept, the section left of the main entrance to the former Liverpool Co-op store shows signs of neglect.
The rusting fence with old signs displayed on it, some litter in behind, bushes embedded in the fence, and bushes and trees protruding from the bank behind the fence are all unsightly.
I have boyhood memories of that area. My parents would take my sister and me to visit Louise Taylor, who lived next to the Willard Godfrey house, which became the Liverpool Co-op.
In the mid-1930s, the Mersey Paper Co. Ltd. bought the property and tore the house down, making way to erect a fence around their property. I also remember playing ball in that corner of the property with the Brooklyn boys and men from the mill. Above all, I remember helping to paint that fence 35 years ago when I was employed at Bowater Mersey.
The bank behind the fence was part of a dyke around three large oil storage tanks in that area, which serves no purpose today. What an improvement it would make if the fence were cleared and painted and the bank removed, giving way to an original view of the plant and of the harbor as it was some 80 years ago.
Surely the company officials will consider improving the look of this section of their roadside property.
Charles Richardson Brooklyn, N.S.