LETTER: Cordova Bay not sold on community centre

I was alarmed to read in the Nov. 29 Saanich News that a decision has apparently been made to “include a community recreation space with the badminton-focused Cordova Bay Community Centre” in the proposed development at the old Trio site by Aragon Properties.

When was the public meeting held to make this decision and how many Cordova Bay residents voted in favour of it?

I have heard of a “swap” being considered by the community club (badminton club), in exchange for the land at 941 Sutcliffe Rd. but this land belongs to the community of Cordova Bay and it is not up to the developer, the badminton club or Saanich to make plans about it without consulting the residents of Cordova Bay.

The land was sold for $1,000 in 1948 by Mary Sutcliffe to the founding members of the Cordova Bay Community Club in order to build a clubhouse; this building was built by volunteer labour and donations from Cordova Bay residents and was to be in their possession in perpetuity; although the building is now used mainly by badminton players, the land still belongs to the community, much increased in value, and the future of it depends on the wishes of the Cordova Bay community.

Val Boswell

Saanich

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