Penticton Western News letters to the editor.

Letter: Community planned greenspace ruined

The park will be forever lost and in its place two over-sized buildings and pavement

I hope this Penticton City Council is happy to see that the property is being prepared for construction of “two six-storey complexes, seven with the roof” obscuring the views of the entire eight-storey floor homes of two condominiums in the Cherry Lane complex which homeowners bought into.

Whose head wasn’t screwed on right when they agreed using one entry and exit to the property with 119 rentals is a safe plan? Not to mention both buildings will be sandwiched between the school, playgrounds, a ball diamond and two adjoining eight-storey towers blocking the lifestyle views of the city these full-time residents purchased. Folks, forget any OCP plan for the city that a handful of persons can completely disrupt only to be left with knee-jerk decisions that truly shouldn’t be lawful.

Council and the previous council have ruined a lovely, community planned green space, some say is in short supply in the city, with your short-sightedness. The park will be forever lost and in its place two over-sized buildings and pavement will be there with a congregation of cars, trucks, buses, bicycles, residents, seniors and school children.If your children attend Parkway Elementary do not be surprised that the catchment area is altered.

Unfortunately a new election year has a ways to go, but believe me when the time comes I will certainly be campaigning for new members and hope that a new council will have some better judgment into major decisions. No council will always please everyone, but when the majority of residents in the concerned area are opposed to an idea it is a duty to re-examine the issue not just push them aside and forge negatively forward.

Joanie Green


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