Prov­ince sup­ports Wind­sor water­front walk­way project

Hants West MLA says he wants Lake Pisiq­uid pro­tected from high­way twin­ning, aboiteau up­grades

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Dur­ing an ac­tive trans­porta­tion an­nounce­ment on Wind­sor’s water­front, Hants West MLA Chuck Porter said he’s hop­ing to prov­ince will lis­ten to res­i­dent’s con­cerns be­fore mak­ing any dras­tic changes to the aboiteau along High­way 101.

Porter said the pro­vin­cial Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture is al­ready con­sult­ing with area farm­ers about the project, but he doesn’t know when a pub­lic meet­ing will take place. He’s hopeful one will be held soon.

“Maybe 50 years ago the cause­way shouldn’t have been put there, but it was, and peo­ple have adapted to it, built around it; it’s there,” Porter said.

“Now we have a lake that’s used for recre­ation, the ca­noe club, pad­dlers, and busi­nesses, big busi­nesses like Ski Mar­tock use it,” he con­tin­ued.

“It’s not as sim­ple as it sounds to just open it up.”

Porter said he’d like to see a pub­lic fo­rum held in Wind­sor, sim­i­lar to the one that was held when the ques­tion of tolling high­ways to pay for twin­ning was be­ing de­bated by the prov­ince.

“From the peo­ple I’ve been talk­ing to thus far, no­body’s been jump­ing up and down... to open this up to salt wa­ter and chang­ing the wa­ter level,” he said. “We need to re­ally look at what our op­tions are be­cause we don’t want to see what we have here change dras­ti­cally.”

Porter said he knows that en­vi­ron­men­tal ac­tivists and others would like to see the Avon River re­stored to open flow, to al­low for full fish pas­sage, but he said there are al­ter­na­tive ways to al­low fish in.

“We need to pro­tect what’s here with­out low­er­ing wa­ter lev­els or al­low­ing salt wa­ter in,” he said.

Cur­rently fund­ing and plan­ning has only been com­mit­ted to High­way 101 from Three Mile Plains to Fal­mouth. The aboiteau por­tion of the project re­mains up in the air as the prov­ince con­tin­ues to con­sult stake­hold­ers.

“We need to seek some­thing out that works for ev­ery­body,” Porter said.

Wind­sor’s chief ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fi­cer ( CAO) Louis Coutinho said the town hasn’t been con­sulted yet.

Cameron Hart­ley, who owns

COLIN CHISHOLM

Wind­sor Mayor Anna Allen and Troy Burgess, the town’s su­per­in­ten­dent of op­er­a­tions and traf­fic au­thor­ity, dis­cuss the water­front con­nec­tor prior to a fund­ing an­nounce­ment from Hants West MLA Chuck Porter.

COLIN CHISHOLM

From left, Wind­sor Mayor Anna Allen, Hants West MLA Chuck Porter and Mary Ruf­fell, owner of Ta­tum’s Fash­ion and Bridal and mem­ber of the Wind­sor Busi­ness En­hance­ment So­ci­ety, speak about the im­por­tance of con­nect­ing the down­town to the water­front.

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