Letters to the Editor

Disappointed in town staff

Re: the new Qualicum Beach fire hall being built on land designated as park.

As town engineer Bob Weir stated in the article on your front page Dec. 19: “we always knew we were going to use it for something.”

My problem with that is this. If that was the case, wasn’t the developer misinformed about the town’s intentions at that time?

There are several other issues with that statement.

What if the developer does not want a fire hall near his development and had the impression that parkland would instead be a welcome addition to his development.

How would the town react if a developer obtains land and a permit for a retirement home and builds a big box store instead? Then he offers to donate another piece of land for a future retirement home and call it fair game.

I myself bought a property next door to the fire hall project thinking I’m the neighbour to park land. Now I’m looking at a cell phone tower, a concrete bunker and soon a fire hall as well.

Some things are just not right and I am very disappointed with the way the town staff has handled this. In my personal view they mislead the developer, the people who bought the parcels, possibly the town council and certainly the public.

Erik Duivenvoorde

Qualicum Beach

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