If there’s one thing we can all agree on in View Royal it’s that traffic congestion is our greatest ongoing challenge and is worsening with each week.
View Royal is a geographic isthmus; a pinch point through which all traffic from north and west must funnel.
So why then would the Province override local government authority and, over the Town’s protests, insist on locating the BC Transit handyDART facility in the most congested corner of the region?
It was standing room only in our council chambers Tuesday as local residents expressed their dismay and concern about traffic, environmental impacts on fish bearing Craigflower Creek and noise.
In bulldozing its will into View Royal, the government is demonstrating a lack of concern, not just for municipal authority, but for the congestion realities inflicted on this town. Meanwhile, our rail corridor remains unused and the Island Corridor Foundation which is attempting to get movement on the rails, unheard.
Mayor Screech is writing the Minister of Transportation rejecting the siting of the handyDART facility at 2401 Burnside Road West and calling on the Province not to proceed until issues such as noise, environmental impacts and traffic movement are addressed.
Meanwhile, I suggest residents take up pens – and other appropriate action – through letters to the editor, Transportation Minister Clair Trevena and our MLA Mitzi Dean.