Give people a reason to visit

I question the benefit of the proposed retail development on the airport lands.

I question the benefit of the proposed retail development on the airport lands.

I believe more retail is the last thing Sidney needs. Sidney would benefit much more from improvements within the existing town core. Spreading out with new retail development will surely end up with more vacant stores in the town core, which none of us want to see.

I am not against development of the airport land, but it should be something unique, so it gives people a reason to want to visit Sidney. It needs to be a destination. Perhaps a visual arts centre or a market similar to Granville Island featuring local products/produce/arts and crafts. There could be an attraction like the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre, or perhaps the land should try to attract new high tech industry to our town to diversify the local employment market.

Doug Dyer, Sidney