OUR VIEW: Decision made, so move on

Stalling not appropriate on Boys and Girls Club project after public consultation already took place

Time heals all wounds. Or so the saying goes.

In some cases, however, time can also open some new wounds. That might have been the case as the Central Saanich Boys and girls Club waited — and waited — for the municipality to make up its mind on where the Club might be able to build a new facility.

It appears that for the most part, the District council was in favour of the Boys and Girls Club rebuilding their facility within municipal boundaries. The sticking point then became where that spot might be. They began looking for a new site in May.

Now, some seven months later, they have that site approved by council.

In the meantime, organizers and fundraisers must have felt on pins and needles for most of that time, waiting for an approval that would eventually come, but trying to hold on to donors and financing options willing to wait for the land issue to be resolved.

A decision like this probably should not have taken so long. Yet, such is often the nature of the beast when it comes to local politics. Agreeing with and supporting of an organization like the Boys and Girls Club is fine on the surface, but where that support really counts is in the willingness to get the job done. And done properly, of course.

For anyone to ask for further public consultation on the issue of clubhouse location, after the site was approved, is a perceived attempt at stalling the process under the guise of seeking more public input.

It’s fair to say that this proposal has had its share of public scrutiny over the last seven months. There appears to be little in the way of outspoken opposition to the Club’s proposal and the District has done its due diligence in choosing a location.

It’s now time to let the Boys and Girls Club rebuild.

 

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