The complaints regarding the Cordova Bay Community Club facility only give one side of the story and the authors are not completely accurate in their summations in my opinion.
The building has been there for many years, long before some of the most recent residential construction. Those living at the end of the Sutcliffe bought knowing full well what was adjacent to their property.
Maybe we should shut the other three recreation centers in Saanich, which I might add are adjacent to residential areas, also providing a need to the community. The traffic leaving those facilities is much larger and also noisy.
The Cordova Bay Community Club serves a need for the community as a whole, not just the elites as alleged. Many Saanich residents attend this facility and participate in a wonderful sport full of challenge and physical fitness from the young to those in their 80s. They also have some players with disabilities who enjoy the sport, and not at the competitive level the writers suggest. The players are also not “mostly masters- level”, as stated. I have been there for many years and have not heard the alleged noise, nor seen the facility open 24/7.
The facility has been well used by the community over the years, including youth indoor soccer. The CBBC are requesting to upgrade the property, improving its physical appearance, and obviously the new construction would address sound issues.
Road in need of improvement
Some years ago Saanich council approved and built a road upgrade to Derby Road between Shelbourne Street and the Cedar Hill Golf Course. It obviously made it easier for traffic to reach the golf course and it is far safer than it was before.
Now Saanich council has approved an upgrade to Doncaster Road from the junction of Cedar Hill Road and Doncaster Road up to Derby Road. This operation has now been going on for longer than I care to remember, but when finished will be a much improved road. However, I find it hard to believe that Doncaster Road between Derby Road and Jennifer Road continues to be ignored. Why?
This section of road is by far the most dangerous road to drive on. It is narrow, steep, and has an open ditch on a large portion of the west side of the road. At approximately halfway down the hill the road narrows and a sign says 30 km/h.
There is no sidewalk, so parents have to be very careful when walking their children down, or up Doncaster to access the lane that leads down to Doncaster elementary school. Personally I do not live right on Doncaster Road, for