LETTERS: Council’s choice

With so much excellent information, one would have expected council to defer voting on a bylaw change.

My husband and I joined several hundred other residents for a meeting of the Town of Sidney Sept. 12. It was remarkable to hear the wealth of education and experience of some of our fellow residents.

With so much excellent information, one would have expected council to defer voting on a bylaw change.

Alas, council chose to amend the Official Community Plan to re-designate land to allow development of a strip mall at the corner of the Pat Bay Highway and Beacon Avenue.

I am curious to know what is motivating the councillors who decided not to consider that wealth of information.

I am curious to know why the wishes of 2,200 residents who signed a petition against the project have been completely ignored by the majority of council.

I congratulate Councillors Bremner-Mitchell and Fallot for their courage in representing the wishes of the residents of Sidney.  Hopefully when the next election comes, residents will remember how councillors voted.

Following the construction of the Gateway mall, our beautiful, unique seaside town will never be seen by many people driving from the ferry.  They will only see another generic strip mall.

Hopefully our lovely, charming town will survive the economic blow that it will suffer as a result of this decision.

Marian Marsh, Sidney

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