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Take it away, The Voter:
There are actually several issues here that Mr. Hammer has missed.
There was no consultation or information provision to the community before this was decided. Here I fault the area councillor as well as city staff since he would have received notice of the impending project and been asked to comment on it. If staff were not going to hold any meetings for his constituents, he should have stepped in and done it himself.
Did the local community paper inform the residents? Does he have a regular column he could have used to inform people?
There were alternatives including Bordeleau Park which is across the river from Stanley Park, has fewer homes beside it and would offer direct truck access to King Edward Avenue which is a much better removal route than local streets.
This will not be a minor inconvenience for local residents since six to 12 loaded dump trucks per hour will be leaving the site from 7 a.m. until 10 p.m. for the duration of the excavation. Those trucks will also be passing the homes empty to get to the site meaning that a truck will pass approximately every 2.5 to five minutes for 15 hours a day.
“Decision by committee … isn’t how things work”. I’m not quite sure how to respond to that.
On the one hand, the details of this construction project would have been presented to and approved by a city standing committee so the statement is not valid. On the other hand, this decision was made without reasonable notification of the community which is their right in our democracy so the committee process and its safeguards didn’t work in this instance.
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