Bells Corners’ worst pathway may be about to take a turn for the better.
A determined group of neighbours is putting the pressure on bureaucrats and politicians to finally do something about a long-standing community concern.
The councillor just shrugged his shoulders. A local resident, Rick-friendly Sun reporter Doug Hempstead, dismissed the group as just “lobbying to use tax dollars,” ridiculing the residents for trying to beautify and make safer a community pathway. There are other parks not that far away, he sniffed, like Franco West Park (sic) and the greenbelt.
With that kind of support from the councillor and the media, what are the odds of a good outcome for the community? Besides, the tax dollars are needed for the larger-scale investments needed to transform Bells Corners into a shopping mecca/drive-through paradise.
A 2003 safety audit by the Ottawa Police offered two options to make the area safe. Closing down the pathways is not a serious option, so what would option 2 look like?