In your editorial concerning the development of the harbour lands, you stated that
everyone needs to be involved. I would like to start with a few basic questions
that have not yet been addressed.
- 1. The basic element in any plan must be transportation. Port Stanley already faces
critical auto congestion at peak holiday times. Proposals to increase tourism need
to take traffic into account before, not after, they are introduced.
- 2. Why does everybody protest so loudly that the harbour must make money? The King
George V1 lift bridge does not make money. Neither does the arena, streets, schools,
administrative buildings. Why is it that the harbour has to make money?
- 3. Thinking along strictly financial lines undermines our capacity to make the most
of the golden opportunity presented by municipal ownership of the harbour lands.
How much of the planning so far has focused on making Port Stanley a better place
to live? Not a bigger place with more people crowding our village, but a truly better
Central Elgin could benefit from a meaningful public discourse on the future of
the harbour lands, starting with the basics.
Thank you for this opportunity to comment.