The new White Rock council met last week on the Monday and, on Thursday morning, residents and promenade visitors were met with a single “Prepare to Stop” sign along with an barrier blocking passage from West Beach to East Beach.
Construction of a railing was obviously underway, although no workers were noticeable on the promenade working.
While I am unsure of either the cost of this project or the degree of public consultation involved in its evolution, I am sure of a few points.
1. The unannounced barrier forced a number of seniors to climb over rocks to continue walking or abandon their walk.
2. Some residents were unable to meet designated rides at the destination beach and were forced to walk double what they intended.
3. It was unclear how long or why such inconvenience was necessary.
4. The railing and mesh under construction will totally interfere with local small wildlife from normal foraging along its length.
5. It is unlikely that this construction, whatever the cost, will save anyone’s life if they choose to disregard their surroundings.
In any event, whether a person agrees with the need for such a project or the requirement to intrude on the daily life of so many, we need to understand the lack of respect that came with this initiative.
This is not a good beginning for the newly minted council.
Eric Ross, White Rock
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Regarding the proposed chainlink fencing and meshing along the railing in Bayview park:
Will this fencing be electrified?
Will there be broken glass and barbed wire built into the fence?
Will there be internment camps built to contain fencing violators?
Is there anyone left who thinks that keeping the trains and tracks along the waterfront is a good idea?
David Gold, White Rock