Widening road would put trees at risk

If vehicles continue to park on Glendenning, area residents should call the police and have the vehicles ticketed

I have read with interest the many comments regarding the limited parking on Glendenning Road. Mr. Poje and his cohorts appear to be physically able individuals who spend considerable time removing non-native vegetation from the park, for which we thank them. This said, I’m sure these individuals could park their vehicles and walk the 100 feet or so from the other end of the path which comes into Glendinning at the parking area.

When I cycle to the Lochside Trail or other areas of Saanich I often use the path and Glendenning as part of my route. Yes, the road is narrow. Pedestrians do have the ability to use a “walkway” behind the trees, bicycles and vehicles need to exercise caution with each other using the road.

Are the proponents of widening this road aware of Saanich’s tree protection bylaw? This bylaw requires a permit to be acquired to cut a tree in excess of certain diameters, even on private property. I’m sure the trees on Glendenning all exceed the protection measurements. I have to obtain a permit to remove a large tree of these species from my property; Saanich would not be able to just fell the trees along the road and widen it. They will have some serious opposition from homeowners affected by this bylaw. If more parking is required on Glendenning, surely some gravel patches could be put between trees to accommodate a few more vehicles.

It has been stated that residents put notes on vehicles pointing out they are parked in no parking zones. If the same vehicles continue to be parked there, owners should call the police and have the vehicles ticketed. This happens all over Victoria when people park where they shouldn’t. Why do these drivers consider they have special rights on Glendenning?

Harry Felsing

 

Saanich