The people have spoken

I have yet to hear from a single person who is in favour of changing the parking or traffic pattern on Okanagan Lakeshore

Why is the chairman of the revitalizing committee, Rod King, so hell bent on widening the walkway along Okanagan Lake.

I have walked there many, many times, and unless three or more people walk side by side, I have never had to leave the walkway to let people pass. The exceptions are at the few places where trees are growing right through the walkway, and regardless how you are going to revitalizing the walk, those trees should be removed anyway and be replaced with new trees on the beach.

After many month of discussions and recommendations, I have yet to hear from a single person who is in favour of changing the parking or traffic pattern on Okanagan Lakeshore. One hundred per cent of all letters to our two newspapers are opposed to the changes, petitions have been signed by hundreds of people and the talk at Timmy’s and other gatherings at coffee time is all in favour of the status quo. So for once please listen to the people who actually use Lakeshore Drive and most of all the people who have to pay for it all in the end. Leave the traffic pattern as is and keep the angle parking.

Remove the offending trees and replace them with some fast-growing varieties, spruce up the walkway, and if need be, replace some of the washrooms and leave the rest alone. If you actually have $7.1 million to spend, which I doubt, do as Alex Cummings suggested, pay off some of our debt.

By the way, I haven’t heard a peep from any of our city fathers on this subject, nothing constructive anyway. Who is running our city affairs, council or staff?

Bernie Strohmann

Penticton