Admirals barber collects names against Esquimalt’s proposed road upgrades

Barbershop owner balks at "beauty over function" on Admirals Road

Barber Scott Attrill shows off the list of signatures he's received protesting Esquimalt's proposed upgrades to Admirals Road

Barber Scott Attrill shows off the list of signatures he's received protesting Esquimalt's proposed upgrades to Admirals Road

A customer walks into Scott Attrill’s barbershop.

“I’ll be right with you,” the business owner says.

“No, I’m here to sign the petition,” said John McKay, a regular at Floyd’s Hairstyling for Men on Admirals Road.

Attrill had collected nearly 300 names on a petition by late last week in his quest to save his shop from possible upgrades to Admirals Road. Construction, lane reductions and new bike lanes outside the barbershop will eradicate the side-street parking he considers key to his business.

“This place won’t survive. It’ll be the end of Floyd’s,” said Attrill, who sees bike lanes as unnecessary and lane reductions as impediments to traffic flow.

Admirals is often thick with commuter traffic from nearby CFB Esquimalt and the Esquimalt Graving Dock, as indicated in a 2011 traffic study that found the road hosts more than 4.6 million vehicle trips annually.

Staff got the green light in May to apply for $2.8 million in federal gas tax funding from the Union of British Columbia Municipalities to pay for the upgrades. A similar application by Esquimalt was denied last year.

Under the conceptual plan, Admirals Road between Lyall Street and Colville Road will be downsized from four lanes to two. Bikes lanes, traffic-calming islands, storm-water collection systems, new bus shelters and a layer of asphalt would be added between Lyall and Maplebank Road.

“The main focus of the project is to initiate the bike lanes (and the storm-water system),” said Will Wieler, Esquimalt acting director of engineering and public works.

As for the islands, some would be for traffic-calming, others for beautification, he says.

Coun. Bob McKie supports storm-water upgrades and new paving on Admirals, but worries about the impact of lane reductions and new bike lanes on motorists and businesses.

“Our beauty is not helping transportation,” he said.

Responding to Attrill’s outrage that businesses have not yet been consulted, staff say they are following the rules.

“If and when we receive funding, we will initiate public input, do preliminary design, likely go back to (get) public input again, before we finalize anything,” Wieler said. “We don’t try to spend an exorbitant amount of money on a long-shot grant application.”

The township’s funding application must be submitted to the UBCM by Aug. 31.

Attrill has an online petition on his Facebook page, “I hate flower pots in the middle of our roads.”

emccracken@vicnews.com

Just Posted

Howard English Hatchery volunteer Joscilyn Jupp poured one of many buckets of salmon fry into Douglas Creek on May 11, 2021. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
35,000 salmon fry released in Saanich park during closed event

Chum from Goldstream Hatchery trucked in to restore Douglas Creek salmon spawning

Reigning women’s World Champion Kaetlyn Osmond, who also took bronze at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, will debut two brand new programs for the 2021 Stars On Ice tour, in Victoria May 15. (File photo)
Kurt Browning, Elvis Stojko hit the ice when Stars returns to Victoria

The star-studded lineup is makes a return after pandemic hiatus

North Saanich has received a report from the Urban Development Institute calling on the municipality to expand and densify its housing options in the face of demographic and environmental changes as the municipality continues its Official Community Plan review. (Black Press Media file photo)
North Saanich asked to create more affordable, diverse housing

Urban Development Institute says community faces demographic, environmental challenges

Ryan Cootes, Erin Bremner-Mitchell, Bill Collins and Mike Williamson of Cascadia Seaweed Corporation are here seen holding up seaweed grown in Barkley Sound in July 2020. The Sidney-based company has organized the inaugural Seaweed Days Festival running May 17 to May 23. (Cascadia Seaweed Corporation/Submitted)
Global expert touts seaweed to open inaugural Sidney festival

Vincent Doumeizel also points to barrier facing the emerging industry

Local cyclist Max McCulloch catches air off a jump in the newly redesigned Organ Donor trail at Mount Work mountain biking park. The Capital Regional District approved its regional parks mountain biking guidelines and a list of short-term actions at the CRD board’s May 12 meeting. (Black Press Media File Photo)
CRD approves mountain biking guidelines that drove spoke between advocates, environmentalists

Guidelines aim to find new biking opportunites in region, while protecting park ecology

An avalanche near Highway 1 in Glacier National Park. Avalanche Canada will benefit from a $10 million grant from the B.C. government. (Photo by Parks Canada)
Avalanche Canada receives $10-million grant from B.C. government

Long sought-after funds to bolster organization’s important work

The top photo is of a real carbine rifle, while the bottom photo is the airsoft rifle seized from a Kelowna man on May 15. (Contributed)
RCMP issue warning: ‘Imitation firearms need to be dealt with responsibly’

A man brandishing his airsoft rifle in public had his weapon seized by Mounties on Saturday

Abbotsford Regional Hospital. (Black Press Media files)
Canada marks 25,000 COVID-19 deaths since the pandemic began

6 in every 10,000 Canadians died of COVID-19 since March 9, 2020

Staff-Sgt. Svend Nielsen, with the 100 Mile House RCMP. (Melissa Smalley - 100 Mile Free Press)
14-year-old boy killed in serious ATV crash near 100 Mile House

Youth was travelling with a group of peers when the incident occurred last Friday

Relief is coming for B.C.’s struggling tourism sector. (NEWS file photo)
B.C. officials set to announce more support for tourism sector hit hard by pandemic

Non-essential travel is restricted between three regional zones in B.C. until at least May 24

This image released by Universal Pictures shows Nathalie Emmanuel, left, and Vin Diesel in a scene from “F9.” (Giles Keyte/Universal Pictures via AP)
The blockbuster movie is making a comeback this summer

Excitement in the industry is growing again for a return to a big-screen normal

More “strings of lights” were seen on May 15, 2021, in night sky over Vancouver Island. (File photo)
Sicamous RCMP Sgt. Murray McNeil and Cpl. Wade Fisher present seven-year-old Cody Krabbendam of Ranchero with an award for bravery on July 22, 2020. (Contributed)
7-year old Shuswap boy receives medal of bravery for rescuing child at beach

Last summer Cody Krabbendam jumped into the lake to save another boy from drowning

B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix and provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry update the province’s COVID-19 vaccine program, May 10, 2021. (B.C. government)
B.C.’s COVID-19 infection rate stays below 500 a day over weekend

14 more deaths, down to 350 in hospital as of Monday

Most Read