Letters: Action needed on Shellard Lane

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Action needed on Shellard Lane

Driving at high speeds on Shellard Lane is out of control.

When I moved into this neighbourhood three years ago I wrote a letter to the Expositor expressing my concerns.

Two years ago I talked with Jan Vanderstelt (Ward 1 councillor) in person about this issue. He assured me that the city was looking into “options” to control the speed on Shellard Lane, including the possible installation of speed radar cameras. The city has done nothing.

To make matters worse, I have also witnessed drivers texting or smoking marijuana. Twice while walking my dog we have nearly been hit by distracted drivers. And, since the pandemic, speed on Shellard Lane seems to have increased.

Last week two people were killed on Shellard Lane. God forbid it was due to speed, intoxication, or distracted driving.

It is time for the city to do something about Shellard Speedway.

Paul Joseph



Keep Arrowdale, sell civic centre

Open letter to Mayor Kevin Davis:

Have you given any thought to selling the civic centre and the land between it and the expressway? Taxpayers have been supporting this white elephant for years to the tune of hundreds of thousands of dollars.

The civic centre has seen its time. Raise money by selling this area to back your requirements for low cost housing. By doing this you could save face by keeping Arrowdale as the thousands of your citizens requested.

Councillors can stand up and be counted by reversing their draconian decision to sell Arrowdale. Save Arrowdale for all our citizens, children, seniors, golfers, the environment, winter sports, etc. Do the right thing.

Ron Davis



Council made right decision

Well, I finally decided to give my 10-cents worth about the closure of the nine-hole golf course.

I am a golfer and I play at an 18-hole golf course.  I have heard many reasons for keeping the golf course open, but none are related to a sound financial business plan.

I live in Brantford and pay over $6,000 in taxes, so when someone says that seniors need a place to walk and use Arrowdale as a destination place to walk, I laugh.  Seniors like me like flat trails to walk.  I know because I live behind the dike trail which has seen a 300 per cent increase in usage since the coronavirus hit us.

The council was smart in leaving a park in place to sooth the homeowners who back on the golf course as their property value will be protected.  The 100 or so other people who have a membership will have to suffer since they do not want to play and pay the fees related to an 18-hole golf course.

I think the city should not be in the business of owning businesses like a golf course unless they make a clear profit.

The council should be congratulated for sticking to their decision to close Arrowdale and designate the money to low income housing.

I invite the council to consider selling Northridge to get even more money to offset the budget shortage from the loss of casino revenues.

Miguel Bourassa



Close all under-used facilities?

A recent letter to the editor suggested that because only one in 10 Canadians play golf it was justification for city council to close Arrowdale golf course.

Now, by logic, this theory should lead council to evaluate all city facilities under this guideline. They would discover that a majority of the population does not utilize the library, civic centre, Gretzky centre, tennis courts, Lions park, local parks and gardens and yet each enhances the life of our citizens. Using the letter writer’s suggestion, should we not also close all of these facilities too?

Bill Calvesbert