Concerns about new Comox Valley hospital location linger

Dear editor,
I have read about the proposed hospital site, and whomever made the proposal did so without knowledge of the area.

Dear editor,I have read numerous articles about the proposed new hospital site and I have to agree that whomever made the proposal did so without any knowledge of the area.Did the consultant come and actually look at the surrounding area?I am not an engineer or professional consultant billing hundreds of thousands from VIHA — and subsequently taxpayers, but here is my assessment for what it’s worth.Parking: This hospital is obviously going to be quite large, therefore is the parking lot going to be at least the size of Costco’s, because if it isn’t, you will see scenes such as surrounding the Campbell River Regional Hospital and St. Joe’s. Employees park as far away as three blocks, as there is no parking at the hospital, thus plugging up neighborhoods close to the hospital, and other businesses and the college. Main arterial traffic: How does one get into/approach the new site? Well that’s easy — up Ryan Road hill, Lerwick, Veterans’ Parkway? What do you mean it’s not built for the extra traffic, such as ambulances and the clients trying to reach the site.The traffic flow up the hill at least has two lanes, but coming down is a nightmare. If you have lived in the Valley for any length of time, you know that rush hour traffic going down Ryan Road hill is ridiculous.How about Lerwick? The traffic coming in and out of Comox on Lerwick is getting so thick, they are going to need numerous lights for side streets and schools, just so people can enter and exit.How do you get to Veterans Parkway from Courtenay? Up the hill on the Old Island Highway, which turns into a one lane and prior to that, it has to go through the intersection of Ryan Road.Come on, the infrastructure in Courtenay has started to get better, but lacks hugely in this area. Noise: Is there going to be noise associated with this new site? Let’s start with the construction noise, then introduce all the traffic noises associated with the new site, ambulances, police, crazies running around the area, cause the hospital doesn’t have adequate security people (old or overweight security people don’t cut it — and just the operation of the building will be noise enough to keep local residents awake at night.Tax increase: If the other three aren’t concern enough, what about all the money the City of Courtenay will have to spend to upgrade its infrastructure to this site, or is VIHA going to do this – doubt it.What about all the extra employees — such as bylaw enforcement — to take all the complaints from citizens who have VIHA employees parking and plugging up there neighborhoods, not to mention the noise complaints.The City needs to stand up and take notice of what’s occurring here. They need to intercede on our behalf and halt this ridiculous venture. Jimmy Cornbloom,Courtenay

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