Editorial: Save a little green for us

John Phillips Memorial Park in Sooke should remain as green as possible

Council is not wasting any time on debating whether a cellular tower should be located in the heart of Sooke.

With scores of letters and emails containing all of the health concerns associated with these types of towers, council took a stand and has said, ’no, not here.’

It doesn’t matter whether it was the petition with close to 600 signatures or the impassioned delegations who came before council, it does not sit well with mayor and council, and apparently many residents.

We have to commend council for taking a stand and fighting for what is best for all of the residents of Sooke. It is refreshing to have a council that listens to the concerns.

Other residents have started a petition for a horseshoe pitch, or rather about 12 of them, at John Phillips Memorial Park. But their petition was not as informative. They just asked people if they wanted to play horseshoes and about 113 said they did. The park is meant for everyone to use but it is not meant to be for any private group’s exclusive use. If we can get more people enjoying the park, great, but it should be for everyone.

The problem of deciding who gets in and who doesn’t will become a thorny issue for council to deal with. Council needs to decide what the future of that park is. Green space in the middle of Sooke is a treasured thing and it shouldn’t be given out piecemeal to whoever asks. Sometimes just plain old non-improved spaces satisfy our needs. Let’s think this through because once it is gone it cannot be replaced and we need some spaces left untouched.

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