‘Average Jane’ has concerns about hospital location at North Island College

Dear editor,

I agree with Jimmy Cornbloom, whose letter to the editor was published in the Oct. 19 issue of the Record.

Dear editor,

I agree with Jimmy Cornbloom, whose letter to the editor was published in the Oct. 19 issue of the Record.

I also am not a city planner or any kind of consultant; I’m just “Average Jane” who lives in our beautiful Comox Valley.

I too cannot believe a better location for a major hospital has not been proposed. Anyone with even the smallest ability to look into the future of this Valley can see the proposed hospital site next to North Island Collage is not suitable now and in the future would be a huge problem.

So here is my small suggestion for what it’s worth…

A brand new township already exists in the horizon; it sports the name Cayet. According to its developers there will be a commercial hub of retail, restaurants, hotels and housing at the junction of the Inland Island Highway and the Comox Valley Parkway.

All that will skirt the already-existing, $4-million information centre. (And the already-existing mega Slegg Lumber.)

Thinking about all this in my Average Jane head — how about a new hospital some place just off Exit 117?

Check — close to Island’s main highway;

Check — a much more accessible location;

Check — a location that is central, thus would serve all folks living in the Comox Valley;

Check — ambulances have easy and quick access from every direction;

Check — no bridges;

Check — no one-lane roads;

Check — no steep hills;

Check — lots of space for future expansion.

Please. The Kings and Queens who rule here — run with something more like this.

All of us watching and waiting can see; a more suitable site must be found for a new hospital that will serve the entire Comox Valley.

Hannele Sairanen,

Courtenay

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