Letter: Find better location for Tim Hortons

If people want one or they don’t, most agree that it is the wrong location

In March 13 letters by M Reynolds (Tim Hortons has Canadian Roots) and Mary Coll (Stay away from the bland), there was no mention of the specific location proposed for a Tim Hortons with mandatory drive-thru.

If people want one or they don’t, most agree that it is the wrong location, at the corner of Sooke Road and Dover Street. It is an uncontrolled intersection, at the edge of the elementary school zone where parents turn to pick up and drop off children. It is already a congested corner, particularly at rush hour.

Downhill, Dover is the only two-way access in and out of our quiet residential neighbourhood. We are not in the downtown core, and no place for this high-impact business.

Highways tells us the access to a Tim Hortons would be on Lanark; our only residential street which is parallel to Sooke Road. It is used as a safer walking route for school children, parents with strollers and dog walkers.

All our other streets are dead ends, and we could very easily be trapped by traffic with no other way out. If there was an accident on Larnark, since it connects us all, we couldn’t even get an emergency vehicle in to our homes.

According to B.C. Assessment, our retired neighbours with lovely homes and gardens would see their property values drop, if the company with the Canadian roots were to move in. These long-time residents would be uprooted by traffic, pollution and noise 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week. How sad is that?

Linda Batty,

Sooke