Wow! By a wave of the wand of words Coun. Bill Luchtmeijer has created a new regional airport. I think we already have one and it is South Nanaimo.
He is quoted as saying that “the facility has a regional benefit,” but does not substantiate that claim. Just because Qualicum airport is near other small communities besides Qualicum Beach does not qualify that we all benefit from it.
Stating that the town is not an airport expert, as though he is an expert in determining expert abilities is about the most ego centric voice I have heard over and above some higher up politicians.
I am curious how councilors would allow one member to get away with such ill conceived ideas.
If this is the way governance is going I suggest that the citizens need to pay attention to this expertise as it will soon lead everyone into debt.
I have lived in this community for over 35 years and there is not one single benefit I have had from the airport. If anything I have had the horror of the 6 a.m. flight sounding like to is coming through my bedroom, the never ending buzzing of small planes overhead on lovely clear summer days, as they enjoy their flight and the rest of us are inflicted by the droning.
That there is also a helicopter site that is more annoying than the small plane owner is something that everyone who wants to grow this airport should have the pleasure of experiencing and living with.
I am appalled that any other member of a municipal government would even entertain any more air noise.
There are many communities which are working towards lessening human noise not increasing it and I would support such a notion.