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Saturday, July 13, 2024
Letter: Public input needed on developer’s access to heritage trail
The Upper Canada Heritage Trail is among the topics Rick Meloen will speak about on April 22. FILE

Dear editor:

Our town council was elected by the residents of Niagara-on-the-Lake to represent them and their interests to their benefit in all municipal affairs.

However, in certain cases involving the use of public property, it is my opinion and one that is probably held by many others that public input should be required.

This appears not to be the case when council last month decided in private to offer a private developer access to a unique piece of public property (the Upper Canada Heritage Trail).

Now the developer can decide if it is to his advantage to make use of this access to what is a highly controversial residential development.

He would be doing so at current and future taxpayers’ expense.

This is the sole decision of council, which undoubtedly results in a very concerned and negative public opinion.

Without any public input, this decision carries very little authority and needs to be reconsidered.

Derek Collins

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