I attended the Dec. 16 Central Saanich council meeting and was happy to see council was putting the new town hall on hold for now.
Not surprising after the fire hall disaster which will have us paying increased taxes for many years to come.
We have some thoughtful members on council but I fear the majority is bending toward a pro-development mentality. Central Saanich residents don’t want our area to become a western community style chainsaw and bulldozer approach to housing projects.
At the meeting, I spoke to council about my concerns for the vanishing large trees. I mentioned the large Douglas fir on Damelart Way, once considered important enough to bend the road around it. When I brought up why it was removed, a councillor suddenly bolted from the room citing a possible conflict of interest. He said the tree was in front of his house. I would like to have asked him if he had used his position as a councillor to influence the tree’s removal but he was out of there in a flash.
Perhaps his actions answered the question for me.
If you don’t want Central Saanich to become an extension of the western communities choose your next council carefully folks.