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Qualicum Beach maintains speed limit on the main drag

Town council likes the new speed limit just as it is, and they don’t plan to change it anytime soon, despite some controversy.

The municipality recently changed the speed limit from the roundabout into town from 50 to 40 kilometres per hour, sparking protest from some business owners.

Maria Perpick had previously opposed the move and handed corporate administrator Trudy Coates a 600-name petition calling for the decision to be reversed. In a letter to council this week, she questioned why council opted to go against the advice of their staff in making the change.

In a report to council, John Marsh, the deputy chief administrative officer stated, “Staff and the RCMP have previously recommended maintaining the 50 km/h speed limit on Memorial Avenue and reaffirm that this remains staff’s preferred option, based on road network and traffic patterns.

“However,” he continued, “staff also acknowledges that it is within the purview of council to factor in other considerations when determining speed limits within the town.”

Marsh said the speed limit had become a council issue and noted the Select Committee on Public Safety and council had reviewed previous staff recommendations, “and therefore no further recommendations are provided at this time.”

These options included maintaining the 40 kilometre limit, reinstating the 50 kilometre limit, doing so on portions of the road or reconsidering it in the fall.

Councillor Kent Becker, head of the select committee, said it was premature to make any changes and said the issue was addressed.

“The speed on Memorial was discussed and the consensus was to leave it as is and give it some time,” he said. “Only one individual raised a concern about loss of business, but that was not shared by the others on the committee.”

Becker suggested council look at it again in the fall, when the road construction issues on Memorial Avenue are expected to be in full swing.

Council agreed.

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