New Edinburgh Should Have Been Consulted: Reader

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The Voter takes on the position of illustrious Bulldog contributor Larry “Sludge” Hammer on the New Edinburgh sewage tunnel.

To read Larry’s opinion, click here.

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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4 thoughts on “New Edinburgh Should Have Been Consulted: Reader

  1. A lack of public consultation can have significant financial ramifications.

    Consider the possibility of someone who, having put considerable effort into selecting a neighbourhood that met their needs and wants, chooses to pay over $750K for a home across from Stanley Park, only to find out that their peaceful enjoyment will be disrupted for a number of years, all because city staff and the (former) councillor chose not to let the community know.

    If that information was general public knowledge, as contrasted with being buried a dozen or two clicks deep in an unpeneterable (and I am being generous) city website, then the realtor working on behalf of the purchaser could have advised her/his client of the pending public works. Perhaps a different decision would have been made regarding which home to buy.

    Just the musings of a curmudgeon.

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    1. What about the person who tries to sell a home bordering on the construction zone over the next couple of years?

      The chance of realizing its full value with the trucks going up and down for 15 hours a day are slim. You’d never be able to show it without the first question being not “How old’s the roof?” but “How long is this going on for?”.
      Considering that a number of the neighbours of Stanley Park are folks whose jobs see them posted to other places and so they can’t choose when they need to sell their house.

      I’m not surprised they’re up in arms.

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  2. Voter, your concerns are certainly valid. However, many neighbourhoods suffer from the same problem. Want to sell your condo on the edge of Lebreton Flats? Good luck, with a decade or two of inner city redevelopment construction on the horizon.

    I am more concerned about the equivalent of “insider trading” having already occurred. What if someone knew about the pending extended excavation plan, the very one that the city failed to make sufficiently public, and sold their home to an unsuspecting family? That person would have received a significantly higher price than had the city been … what’s that term I am looking for? – oh yeah, open and transparent … about its plans.

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