Opinion

College Inn was a pleasant facility

On Wednesday morning I attended the advisory planning commission public meeting at Qualicum Beach Town Hall on the Heritage Inn proposal.

Not a happy way to start the day. What was proposed is a travesty.

The Heritage Inn (I still prefer to call it The College) has, since it was converted to a hotel, been a central part of the Qualicum Beach community.

When it was managed well it was a thriving business. In the 1970s it was named    Qualicum Beach’s Business of the Year.

The College may not have been the heart of Qualicum Beach, but it was certainly a significant heartbeat.

People were married at The College, showers, celebrations, memorial services, our council and community groups used its stately old meeting rooms.

The Chips pub was home to darts teams, pool leagues and golf tournaments apart from being a friendly and dependable social gathering place.

The restaurant was packed for Sunday morning breakfasts after church and for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and   other special dinners.

The new proposal, as it stands , is simply a plan for a millionaires’ compound.

The restaurant and pub have been reduced to a 50 seat lounge with 17 parking spaces.

The 47 strata residences and 11 suites constitute a severe overload on adjacent streets and services.

Let’s return to  the drawing board and re-echo the vibrant heartbeat that once existed at the College.

Colm Harty

Qualicum Beach

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