LETTERS: Gateway is a path Sidney cannot reverse

We are not a city folks, we are a town. Do we need a suburban mall to serve the west side of our town?

I attended the presentation of Omicron and the very polished presentation telling us why we need a shopping mall across the highway on airport lands.

We were told that we require additional grocery shopping based on a formula crafted by some grocery chain economist and, in addition, we were told we were lacking in opportunities to purchase electronics.

All I heard was the airport is looking to increase their revenue stream and this will do that and provide additional retail opportunities for Sidney residents.

I have been a three term municipal city councillor and had a front row seat watching a downtown struggle while suburban shopping centres flourish.

I have lived in this area for 25 years and watched while Hillside, Uptown and Langford box stores flourish and Victoria downtown struggles.

We are not a city folks, we are a town. Do we need a suburban mall to serve the west side of our town?

All I see with this proposed shopping mall is pure and simple. It is a new funding source for the airport. I would suggest that our town council, rather than engaging studies that the developer is funding, they should look at many examples of new shopping malls eroding vital downtown cores.

I am certainly not against progress.

I am certainly against responding to going down a path that we cannot reverse … all in the name of progress.

Gay Helmsing, Sidney

Just Posted

Central Saanich pot farm now on hold

A smokescreen for opposition to legal pot, say some critics

Victoria Lavender owner set to retire

Sidney storefront to remain open, future of goat yoga undecided

Crash snarles traffic on Highway 17

Traffic southbound is seriously delayed and northbound down to one lane on… Continue reading

LETTERS: Lost purse takes B.C.-wide journey back to Victoria owner

How do we get the housing we need? The first completed home… Continue reading

Local and international artists paint murals across Victoria

Sixteen murals are spread out across downtown Victoria as part of the ‘concrete canvas’ project

PHOTOS: B.C. city wakes up to darkness under wildfire smoke

The rest of the province also dealing with thick haze as smoky skies continue

Five things to do in Greater Victoria this weekend

Puppy yoga, horses, cars, water guns and more make up this weekend’s list of events to see

Authorities mull evacuation order for Zeballos

Smoke billowed from the steep hillsides of Zeballos on Friday evening, as… Continue reading

Safeway union urges prejection of mediator recommendations

Says mediator asks for too many concessions

Fire chases B.C. crews out of their own camp

Crews in Burns Lake had to leave after a wildfire reportedly overtook their sleeping quarters

To address peacock problem, B.C. city moves ahead on trapping plan

Surrey’s new bylaw focuses on ensuring people no longer feed the birds, ahead of relocation

Hospitals to see ‘delays’ in care after losing Saudi students, health group says

About 1,000 Saudi residents called back to kingdom after suspending diplomatic relations with Canada

Bernier diatribe against ‘extreme multiculturalism’ boosts Liberal coffers

Party spokesperson Braeden Caley says online donations doubled, social media engagement quadrupled

‘Disjointed’ system hinders British Columbia First Nations in wildfire fight

More than 550 wildfires were burning in B.C. and crews were bracing for wind and dry lightning

Most Read