patrick Thirkell

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Supported a comment by Chris Osborne on Central Peninsula Neighbourhood Action Plan 5 months ago
Chris Osborne
Change comes slowly in this place I call home. While I would love to see a ferry service, I agree it would be a 'kettle of fish', I think a pedestrian and bicycle link under or alongside Harbour Bridge is best. As for the concerns people will have about suicides from such a place, how about better funding for mental health services and working on the stigma that is still attached. Moreover anyone could run up the ramp and jump now anyways.
Commented on Central Peninsula Neighbourhood Action Plan 5 months ago
The city needs to have a slot for people to pitch their ideas to better the community at the end of a council meeting. Book in advance and max 10 minutes. This Dragons Den pitch would highlight some problems that the taxpayers really care about! Like this proposal!
Supported a comment by SarahRose Werner on Central Peninsula Neighbourhood Action Plan 5 months ago
SarahRose Werner
Comparing the walkway to Partridge Island with possible pedestrian/cyclist access to the Harbour Bridge is like comparing apples and oranges. The latter would be part of the transportation network, encouraging people to use active transportation to commute, shop, etc. The former would be for recreational and possibly tourism purposes only.
Supported a comment by Donald Killorn on Central Peninsula Neighbourhood Action Plan 5 months ago
Donald Killorn
If sprawl is the challenge, then connections are the solution. The communities (Uptown and West Side) are fragmented. A tube across the bridge isn't going to fix that the way a ferry is. Aesthetics matter. A ferry means I can walk from King Street to Bay Shore Beach and vice versa without going near a four lane highway. When I explore the west side I think it's clear that connecting that area to the Uptown core is the key here.
Commented on Central Peninsula Neighbourhood Action Plan 5 months ago
there is a ferry, it is a bus, regular and most weather, a ferry is fraught with problems, safety, being rammed in the fog, capsizing, poor weather, and it only runs in daylight, a tube, completely separate from the road surface would be all weather, safe, 24/7, no attendant required, and a tourist draw, it scores on every point! We all agree this is needed, we just need to group together to make our fragmented communities whole.
Supported a comment by Chris Osborne on Central Peninsula Neighbourhood Action Plan 5 months ago
Chris Osborne
I agree Donald Killorn. Sadly the new water supply issues and the noise issues from the metal recycling at the port are lowering property values across the board for West siders like myself. So many decisions made without full and proper consultations of the residents. The West Side also has a great stock of Heritage Buildings that are unprotected and could benefit from the funding available for Heritage. Sadly as I am learning the hard way it is very time consuming and slow to get your own building designated. Presently at 8 months and counting, I'm told may not be until next year for civic designation to be properly considered and this has held me back on repairs. With 10-15% of my exterior material costs being eligible for grant funding it's not something to scoff at and well worth the effort in the end.