Lack of sidewalks concerns residents

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(Re: Sidewalk work debated for Bible Hill streets,, April 10, 2014)

Congratulations to MLA Lenore Zann for speaking up on behalf of the residents of Saywood Estates who have been waiting for road work for many years, and have gone without safe sidewalks for more than 25 years

Numerous political campaigns have brought the issue of the serious need for safe sidewalks within Saywood Estates to the Bible Hill commission’s attention. For the village commissioners to continue to find excuse after excuse to not move forward on this issue is unacceptable.

Concerns were expressed at an April Bible Hill Village Commission  meeting covered by the Truro Daily News about “unknown projects potentially arising” When a new school does move forward in 2015, 2016 or 2017 considerable assistance is a forgone conclusion as part of that proposed project.

“May send the wrong message to some village residents,” commissioner Dale McLeod said in the story. Yet approving a budget which the ratepayers do not get to see until it is approved is the right message?

“It may (cause) some discomfort for residents …,” village chairman Tom Burke said in the story. The residents of Saywood Estates have lived with the “discomfort” of no sidewalks for more than 25 years, when do they get comfort? Another 25 years or more?

The safety of the residents; the children who walk to school, the people who would love to enjoy a safe sidewalk in their own community, who pay taxes for services they receive or do not receive, deserve the comfort of a safe sidewalk.  Not second in line to Pictou Road residents who have sidewalks now on both sides.

Yes Lenore you are correct, the Village of Bible Hill needs to make sidewalk work in Saywood Estates a priority.


Robert Mahar

Bible Hill

Organizations: April Bible Hill Village Commission, Truro Daily News

Geographic location: Saywood Estates, Pictou Road, Village of Bible Hill

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  • C
    April 28, 2014 - 18:31

    Those poor poor rich people and their lack of side walks, it breaks my heart to read stories like this.

  • Al Waysaround
    April 26, 2014 - 10:57

    Saywood, really? Aren't saywoods issues ones residents create themselves? about sidewalks out by the RATH EASTLINK CENTER and across the 102 overpass on the truro heights connector to the Inaccessible Acess nova scotia...someone is going to be killed walking out there. .how come Truro Bible Hill PC Association director robert maher and ndp mla lenore zann aren't championing that...? Myself, i think they don't want bad press coming their way because of the bad decisions their political parties, the tories and ndp, made to put those facilities out there.......

  • Wonderin Why
    April 25, 2014 - 16:15

    Wonderin why subdivision developers haven't been required to include sidewalks with their roads before the county takes control of them. The developers are obviously plannin for people to live there so why does everyone else have to pay to put sidewalks in after the fact?....Cost for the lots will be up boo hoo but those who will actually use the infrastructure pay for it, not taxpayers in general. Listen up sidewalkless people, you chose to live where you do, you should pay for your own sidewalks. Don`t want to do that... wear reflective clothing and walk against traffic, or move.