Some public property not really that public

Dear editor,

There have been concerns about public access to what has been public property in the past or dormant public properties.

Dear editor,

Recently there have been  concerns about public access to what has been public property in the past or dormant public properties that are rights of ways.

The Royston trail project lies on the property has been dormant for many decades — assumed to be private — understandable that adjacent property owners are concerned the Stotan Falls property has been assumed to be public for generations.

Forestry companies becoming developers on former forested public land is much less understandable or acceptable.

In the Little River neighbourhood, Mayfair Road has been a popular public beach access, and gathering place for neighbours, fishermen and visitors for many decades. Neighbours maintained this right of way for public use — still do.

A recent adjacent property owner has obtained a “specialized driveway permit” from  the Ministry of Transportation/Infrastructure to “landscape” part of the right of way despite neighbours’ concerns.

Going forward, as the last manager said. Going forward means the public will have fewer opportunities to have a say on public properties.

Somehow, this public ownership of public property issue is way out of balance.

Phil Harrison,

Little River

 

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