Ladysmith has been ‘studied to death’

Ladysmith's Don Harrison worries a revised waterfront plan will languish in the 'under consideration pit' and not receive concrete action.

Editor:

It took the whole front page of the paper and the story was well written but very disappointing in many ways.

Mr. Dan Cross has a business ambition to revive the former RV park down by Transfer Beach. He has apparently spent quite a sum of money with studies and surveys, only to be turned down by the mayor and council. I attended council some time ago, and the main theme of my address was that area and the fact it was just a dumping ground for our works yard. I forcefully pointed out to council that it could be a great source of revenue for the town. However, Coun. Duck Paterson was not in agreement and informed me that although there was no sin in the town operating an RV park, he was against the idea.

The businesses in this town are suffering a huge lack of business traffic, and I pointed out that an RV was the same as a boat, only it has four wheels and those that own and operate them must have deep pockets to afford having one. They are the very people that would leave new money in this town and help the town survive.

At present, every RV bypasses Ladysmith and travels north to Parksville or Qualicum because there is no spot to park and visit in Ladysmith.

The story in the paper said the council hopes to have a waterfront plan in place by 2014. This town has been studied to death with very little or no progress except the building of a bicycle path which has seen little or no use. So we put together a waterfront plan, then what? Will it languish in the pit under the council table known as the “UNDER CONSIDERATION PIT” and never receive any concrete action? I think the possibilities for that are very good indeed. This is essentially what happened to the results of the Lanark study and their suggestions.

Don Harrison

Ladysmith

Editor’s Note: Coun. Duck Paterson says he is not in favour of the Town operating an RV park and becoming involved in business and possibly being in competition with others, but, personally, he is in favour if a private enterprise wishes to operate a park.