Letters to the Editor

Valley’s worth overstated as vital parkland

To the Editor,

Re: Saving valley worth cost, Letters, March 6.

Letter writer Sue Oakley is quick to volunteer others taxes toward her pet project, the ‘saving’ of Linley Valley.

Her free access to privately owned but undeveloped property has resulted in a sense of entitlement, which might be expressed as ‘something I want, but for which others should pay.’

My own sundeck backs directly onto the newly developed Linley Point wetland. I can attest to the great improvements that have changed it from rough bush and scrub land into accessible parkland.

Despite the developer having spent considerable amounts to protect the environment, he has been vilified by the self-appointed ‘saviours’ of the valley.

We are not short of parkland in the area. Piper’s Lagoon, Rocky Point Park, Lost Lake Park, Eastern Linley Valley and numerous other areas are readily available.

There is simply nothing unique to the western portion of Linley Valley.

City council is appeasing these squeaky wheels by revisiting their long-established development plans despite knowing that removal of this land from the ‘urban containment zone’ will reduce the inventory of buildable property and drive up costs for both developers and new residents.

If Oakley wants to ‘save’ the valley, let her and her cohorts raise the money and negotiate privately with owners, just as the Nanaimo and Area Land Trust has done.

Since she has no problem with an extra $24/year on her taxes, she’s welcome to pay my share too, since I have no interest in financing her pet project.

Randy O’Donnell

Nanaimo

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