Letters: Down on laundromat and car wash

Resident does not think high end laundromat is appropriate

We are concerned about the front page article that appeared in the Sooke News Mirror on May 16, 2012. From start to finish, the article reads like a paid advertisement. Except for the last seven words of a full front page story, your article reads like this project is a done deal.  The photo is misleading as it does not include the added municipal signs announcing an approval process.

At this point the project is far from certain and involves a ‘text amendment’ to the current zoning.  Our community plan pushes for a walkable vibrant downtown core oriented to the waterfront. Based on that plan, automotive services are not permitted in this area of downtown Sooke.  A change in zoning usage will require that an approval process take place. Good journalistic practice would be to inform Sooke citizens of this proposed project, and announce the beginning of the approval process, and not to make biased statements about the merits of the project.

We would like to see a more balanced article that encourages Sooke citizens to consider the issues.  While a laundromat may be a welcome addition in the downtown core, we question whether Sooke needs the biggest laundromat on Vancouver Island. If the need is urgent, there are two empty store fronts beside Village Foods that could be immediately put to this use. We need to ask, “Does a million dollar car wash belong in downtown Sooke?”

Our current community plan says “no.”  We encourage our community to get involved in this discussion. Have a look at Sooke’s official community plan  www.sooke.ca/EN/main/documents/district_plans.html  and decide for yourself what is best for our community.

Rob Martin and Helen Ritts

Sooke

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Sooke, Sidney businesses win top awards during the BC Food and Beverage Awards

Sheringham Distillery won Gold Award for Product of Year while Cascadia Seaweed won Innovation Award

West Shore RCMP arrives just in time thanks to tip

Officers remind of resources after mental health call Monday morning

Lamborghini driver slapped with nearly $1,000 in fines while speeding in Central Saanich

Vehicle impounded by Central Saanich police, 11 points issued

Man arrested after speeding to Victoria court date for driving offence

West Shore RCMP remind drivers to be mindful of construction zones

UPDATED: Driver faces charges after crash at Blanshard and Saanich

Lanes closed Monday afternoon, one person taken to hospital

Weekend sees 267 cases, 3 deaths in B.C.; Dr. Henry says events leading to COVID spread

There are currently 1,302 active cases in B.C., while 3,372 people are under public health monitoring

Lightning strike: Tampa Bay blanks Dallas 2-0 to win Stanley Cup

Hedman wins Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP

SOOKE HISTORY: Alleged bootlegger has day in court

Blackberry wine confiscated at home

Shawnigan Lake’s Kubica gets 25 to life for murder in California

Former Shawnigan Lake man convicted of killing woman in 1990

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

B.C. VOTES 2020: Echoes of HST in B.C. debate over sales tax

Cannabis, tobacco, luxury cars still taxed in B.C. Liberal plan

She warned her son about toxic drugs, then he was dead

Donna Bridgman’s son died at the age of 38 in Vancouver

Duration of Tour de Rock stop in Chemainus much shorter than usual

Four alumni riders don’t get to come for breakfast in COVID year

B.C. food and beverage producers set record sales in 2019

Farmed salmon again leads international exports

Most Read