Other Views: Closure of campground comments

Sooke News Mirror readers react to notice of campground closure

There was a lot of reaction from people on the story regarding BC Hydro and the Capital Regional District  closing the Jordan River Campgroundand trying to buy out the property owners.

http://www.sookenewsmirror.com/news/286599151.html

These are some of the comments on the story:

 

Ron Carter · British Columbia Institute of Technology

Is there no warning system that if there were a release 10 km. upstream campers could not vacate in time? Would not a wider area of residents and visitors also need to vacate in the unlikelihood of this event? BC Hydro needs to put more thought (and resources) into an alternative solution.

 

James McLauchlan · Managing Director at JGM Services Ltd

I’m also less than impressed with CRD’s decision because banning overnight camping will obviously have the net effect of reducing the number of visitors to Jordan River area. This will reduce revenue for the locals that run the cafe and that of other residents that rely on tourist/visitor related income and gradually destroy the viability of the local businesses. Eventually the residents will have no choice but to sell and move on. This plays right into the hands of BC Hydro with the backing of CRD.

Chris Bane · Camosun College

Next you know they’re going to stop people from surfing there, because they could get caught in the deluge. CRD, why not stop ALL camping near the ocean because if there’s a major earthquake a tsunami could kill anyone camping on or near the beach. #Whatif

 

Mike MacRae

Or give us our money back! I want the CRD to be reimbursed for the money. $9.9 million + the $107,000 for improvements for a park that is now useless thanks to the liabaility imposed by BC Hydro.

 

Steve Peaker · Owner at Peak Performance Welding

Always the what if thing… what a joke

 

Jason van der Valk · Operations Assistant & Coxswain at Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue

I also assume that for the safety of the workers of Western Forest Product workers the log sort and operation will also cease? Because their yard is also in the path.

 

Sean Johnson

No Jason. They say “industry” can still operate and without any safety precautions in place.

 

 

 

 

Justin Helton ·

They want to raise rates and not upgrade existing installations …

Time to buy solar panels and cut them out all together.

 

Comments from Sooke News Mirror’s Facebook page:

 

Jan Radford:  A lot of very unhappy people around who enjoy that park very much! Why not leave the park open while you review BC Hydro’s ‘reports’ rather than shut the door first then look for the horse? BC Hydro seems intent on ruining a lot of this province!

 

Discover Sooke: Very disappointing news. Pair that with the Sooke Potholes campground and what do we have left for campers who don’t want to trek deep into the JdF Marine Trail?

 

David Bigelow: Our parks our back yard our camp ground our taxes!!! CRD should be standing up and supporting the people.

 

Anne Boquist: I think we all need to protest this as vehemently as BC Hydo’s RIDICULOUS plan. Who appointed BC Hydro the Dictator anyway?

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