The lingering question, what’s the worst that can happen, put to readers in Friday’s editorial, stares one in the face.
The controversy surrounding the proposed Gateway development on Victoria Airport Authority land will not be taken lightly either by concerned citizens or our local business merchants, if this council or the VAA consent to Omicron going ahead with their plan to build on agriculture land.
Not only will the Gateway remain a contentious issue, to many, but it will further impact our already fragile community and add more closures to business doors.
This concern with Gateway has been hashed over many times in the Review. Council needs to listen to its citizens.
Omicron, at its first public meeting at the Mary Winspear, presented consumer dollar value figures currently earned at the retail and groceries level in Sidney. If in its wisdom of foresight Omicron is given the red light to build Gateway, many of the consumer dollars from this establishment will find its way into our own community. The stark reality of the assumption competition is good for both Gateway and Sidney, simply does not equate.
The worst that can happen if this development on VAA land goes through. Gateway, ultimately will become a white elephant. Sidney, now losing its once-charm of the best place in the world to live, becomes a ghost town.
Caroline Whitehead, Sidney