Letter: Delayed Glendenning parking ban review lacks framework

At the Saanich council meeting on Jan. 15, the parks sought further direction from council for Mount Douglas Park parking review.

At the Saanich council meeting on Jan. 15, the parks department sought further direction from council for the proposed Mount Douglas Park parking review.

The department’s report to council estimated an eight to nine month review period, with a tentative reporting date of November 2016.

At the meeting, I spoke on two issues.

The first issue addressed was the lack of any apparent framework for the proposed methodology: no context; no vision; no objectives; no nothing.

But council seemed happy enough, so we’ll just have to wait and see how that turns out.

Secondly, I requested that council consider suspending the parking ban for the duration of the review for two reasons.

Firstly, in my opinion, senior management has never provided substantive justification for their unilateral imposition of the parking ban without input or discussion by park visitors.

Secondly, a large number of park visitors are still very angry about the ban.

During their subsequent debate, council declined to reconsider the original decision by management.

However, much to their credit, both Mayor Richard Atwell and Coun. Colin plant did protest the lengthy 14 month delay between the original presentation to council and the estimated presentation of the final report in approximately December 2016.

So, at this point, if you’re a park visitor whose routine has been inconvenienced and disrupted by the ban; well, sorry, but you’re just out of luck.

And if you think the interests, needs and concerns of residents should take precedent over the protection of senior managers; well, so sad, too bad.

However, if you do believe council is truly accountable to the people, then there’s a bit of good news.

Circle the following date: November, 2018.

It’ll be here in the blink of an eye.

Dave PojeSaanich

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Victoria PD will continue to patrol James Bay for wolf seen Saturday

But police also say they will return to regular duties

Local Monarchist says Saanich Peninsula would be a ‘great place’ for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

Bruce Hallsor also expects the couple’s professional opportunities to lie outside Greater Victoria

Court rejects mistrial for accused Victoria drug dealer who fired his lawyer

Horst Schirmer filed a mistrial application on basis of receiving incompetent representation

Saanich seeks young residents to serve on 2020 advisory committees

Youth members must be between 16 and 24 years old

VicPD confirms wolf sighting in James Bay

Police ask that children and pets be taken inside

Officials reaching out to those in contact with Canada’s first coronavirus patient

The illness has sickened at least 1,975 people and killed 56 in China

Risk of coronavirus low in B.C. as first case emerges in Toronto: officials

There have been no confirmed cases of the virus in B.C.

‘Presumptive case’ of coronavirus in Canada confirmed by Ontario doctors

Man in his 50s felt ill on his return to Canada from Wuhan, China

VIDEO: Drone footage shows extent of damage in Highway 4 rockslide

Tofino, Ucluelet still cut off from rest of the island, as crews work to repair roadway

People knowingly take fentanyl so make policy changes to reduce harm: B.C. study

Dr. Jane Buxton, an epidemiologist at the centre, says drug users need more resources,

‘My heart is going to bleed’: Bodies brought back to Canada following Iran plane crash

Remains of Sahar Haghjoo, 37, and her eight-year-old daughter, Elsa Jadidi, were identified last weekend

BCLC opens novelty bet on Harry and Meghan moving to the west coast

Meanwhile, real estate agency points to four possible homes for the family

Canada slips in global corruption ranking in aftermath of SNC-Lavalin scandal

The country obtained a score of 77, which places it at the top in the Americas

Most Read