Mr. Burns’ letter of Jan. 8 confirms his misunderstanding of my previous views on the topic of a proposed new emergency services building in the Town of Sidney.
I cannot dispute that placing this structure on a piece of the Sidney Elementary School grounds would result in the loss of green space within the town boundaries.
I am told by a member of the volunteer fire department that a new facility is needed, not just a pipe dream. In my opinion, it makes sense to combine the fire services with the provincial ambulance service in one building, thereby removing these services from a congested downtown core. I cannot think of a better location within the town limits that would offer easy access to all points in the town.
I in no way wish to imply citizens of North Saanich are not welcome in Sidney and it is a given that local business enjoys the support of all residents on the Saanich Peninsula. In fact, I would be bold enough to guess that many of the business owners and their employees are, in fact, residents of North Saanich.
A casual drive throughout the town reveals to me there is certainly no shortage of green space. I was amazed at the significant amount of dedicated green space.
Tough decisions have to be made in this day and age of shrinking revenues and ever increasing financial pressures both for the Town of Sidney and School District 63.
Is there a better and affordable location? Mention was previously made of the properties to the west side of the Pat Bay Highway and Beacon Avenue. I believe these belong to the province for future use of an overpass, if this were to become a reality. Would be nice to hear the views of other Town of Sidney residents. Perhaps I am alone on this topic.