Letters: Sooke bylaws not for all

Unsightly premises irks residents in Dover Street area

I live on the water side of Dover Street in Sooke. For the last two years I, along with my neighbours, have been trying to have Sooke bylaw deal with an unsightly property on the corner of Sooke Road and Dover Street.

All the homeowners that live in this area are proud of their homes and take good care of their property.  The first thing you see when you turn off Sooke Road is this unsightly property.

Sooke bylaw states you may have only one unlicensed vehicle in your yard. This property has three unlicensed vehicles, bags of garbage, old metal in piles.

The bylaw officer has told several neighbours, as well as myself, they have tried to work with the owner to correct the problems. The bylaw officer finally said they cannot deal with this matter as the owner would most likely not pay a fine.

I asked why not take the owner to court and was told council would not do that.

Why have bylaws if they are not followed through?

All we can come up with is Sooke bylaws are only for some people.

Dan Tennant

Sooke