I have not contributed to letters in the Sooke newspaper for quite some time but I feel moved to say something about the situation of the local wildlife population and the increasing amount of children in the areas of Townsend Road.
I live on Townsend Road and when I bought my house it was a deadend road. Then the last mayor and council released the Acreman properties for development and now we have a huge amount of housing on that property.
The main issue was that Sooke mayor and council, at that time, allowed Townsend Road to be pushed through to meet up with Rhodinite which resulted in everyone who used to use Otter Point Road or Church Road now are using Townsend Road as a thoroughfare.
The speeds at which these drivers go are astonishing considering that there is on Townsend Road CASA which took away half of the home of the resident deer and introduced a great number of parents coming and going (on foot) with small children. I agree CASA is important and have no problem with it but now the Catholic Church, which owns the property, is building their new church on the other half of the property. Again, I have no problem with a church being built, but its development has again taken away the habitat of the deer population.
I guess my only recourse of argument is that there should be speed bumps on at least two spots on Townsend Road — to stop the speeding drivers as well as sidewalks all the way up and down the road. These speeding drivers have already killed numerous household pets, deer, squirrels and I suppose nothing will be done until a child is killed.
Please write your local mayor, RCMP, MLA, etc. in an attempt to address this problem.
Right now I am watching a fawn out my window. A very small fawn eating some leftover birdseed in my yard. Her mother was killed by one of the thoughtless Sooke speeders. Hope you speeders all get to your destinations in time.