Letters: Stall roundabout

Sooke businessman wants proposed roundabout stalled until fall

on to council last week regarding the timing of the proposed roundabout construction, and the response I got was, while sympathetic to the concerns of the business community, there was nothing they would/could do about it.

I don’t understand why our elected officers have not, over the years,  stood up for what is best for the Sooke business community with the Ministry of Transport. It is our town, not Langford or Victoria.

The proposed start of construction for the roundabout of July or August will be devastating for our down town business community, will be an incredible inconvenience to the large numbers of locals and visitors trying to move around Sooke at the busiest time of the year. Look what happens to traffic when an accident occurs; double or triple that to fivedays a week, eight hours a day. Why would people put up with that to shop in Sooke, and how will many people be able to shop in Sooke if they have limited transportation? Plus the major construction of the Royal Bank will still be going on. And it will create havoc with our Sooke Fine Arts Show and the at least two other big events already planned for this summer.

Our council is taking the word of someone from MOT that everything will be okay, just a slight inconvenience. Baloney — they don’t live here, they don’t have a business here, they don’t hire local people to manage the expected higher sales, they are not really concerned.

Our council needs to put themselves in the place of a local business person, who needs the summer sales volume to help make it through the winter months, who has invested their monies and talents in Sooke, who don’t get a pay cheque unless they have sales; and right now that local business person needs support.

All we are asking is that the start of construction be put off until the second half of September, when the bulk of our tourist traffic is done and the inconvenience of it all has a chance to be handled.

The District will say that it costs more to do the construction in the fall compared to the summer. But what is the potential cost to Sooke business and residents if our summer business season is ruined?

I hope the people of Sooke will email or call the mayor and council, and tell them to stand up for Sooke, do what’s right, and delay the start of construction.

Randy Welters

Sooke

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

Just Posted

West Shore RCMP is asking for the public’s help in locating Mackenzie Courchene, a Langford teenager.
MISSING: Mackenzie Courchene last seen in Langford on March 2

West Shore RCMP is asking for the public’s help in locating the Langford teenager

Rendering of the proposed Esquimalt public safety building. (Courtesy Township of Esquimalt)
Esquimalt blazes new trail toward modern public safety building

Township using alternative approval process for first time to gauge public support for proposal

Landmarks such as Howard the giant gnome at Galey's Farm in Saanich make a stunning backdrop for celebratory dance in the Greater Victoria Festival Society trailer for its coming Dance Victoria campaign. (Screeshot/Greater Victoria Festival Society)
Residents’ videos help campaign Dance Across Victoria

Celebratory dance clips to be compiled into Greater Victoria Festival Society video

Reynolds Secondary School’s spring musical Freaky Friday features Grace Fouracre as teen Ellie Blake (left) who swaps bodies with her overworked mother, Katherine, played by Nadia Lurie. (Photo courtesy Reynolds Secondary School)
Saanich high school goes virtual with Freaky Friday musical

Reynolds Secondary theatre program to livestream performances March 9-12

Saanich Fire Department. Black Press Media File Photo
Fire displaces three Saanich families from two homes

Saanich firefighters found the fire had spread to a neighbouring home upon arriving

Elvira D’Angelo, 92, waits to receive her COVID-19 vaccination shot at a clinic in Montreal, Sunday, March 7, 2021, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Canada and around the world. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
‘It’s been a good week’: Tam hopeful on vaccines as pandemic anniversary nears

Tam says the addition of two new vaccines will help Canadians get immunized faster

Const. Allan Young. Photo: Abbotsford Police Department
Manslaughter charge laid in Nelson death of Abbotsford police officer

Allan Young died after an incident in downtown Nelson last summer

(The Canadian Press)
‘Worse than Sept. 11, SARS and financial crisis combined’: Tourism industry in crisis

Travel services saw the biggest drop in active businesses with 31 per cent fewer firms operating

The Port Alice pulp mill has been dormant since 2015. (North Island Gazette file photo)
Parts recycled, life returning to inlet as as old Port Alice mill decommissioned

Bankruptcy company oversees de-risking the site, water treatment and environmental monitoring

The Conservation Officers Service is warning aquarium users after invasive and potentially destructive mussels were found in moss balls from a pet store. (BC Conservation Officers Service/Facebook)
Aquarium users in B.C. warned after invasive mussels found at pet store

Conservation officers were told the mussels were found in a moss ball from a Terrace pet store.

Hockey hall-of-fame legend Wayne Gretzky, right, watches the casket of his father, Walter Gretzky, as it is carried from the church during a funeral service in Brantford, Ont., Saturday, March 6, 2021. HE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Walter Gretzky remembered as a man with a ‘heart of gold’ at funeral

The famous hockey father died Thursday at age 82 after battling Parkinson’s disease

Donald Alan Sweet was once an all star CFL kicker who played for the Montreal Alouettes and Montreal Concordes over a 13-year career. Photo courtesy of Mission RCMP.
Ex-B.C. teacher who was CFL kicker charged with assault, sexual crimes against former students

Donald Sweet taught in Mission School District for 10 years, investigators seek further witnesses

(Black Press Media files)
Medicine gardens help Victoria’s Indigenous kids in care stay culturally connected

Traditional plants brought to the homes of Indigenous kids amid the COVID-19 pandemic

Most Read