Scenic must trump ugly in approach to Wakefield, Quebec village entry

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by admin on July 28, 2010

The Editor,

I am writing in regard to the La Peche Mayor Robert Bussiere’s plan to develop a light industrial park at the approach to Wakefield, along Hwy 5.

The Mayor is quoted in the Low Down (June 9 edition) in the article, “Borrowing Bylaw in Place for Industrial Park,” as saying: “If you go to any city, industrial parks are at the entrance or outlet, where it’s easily accessible.” Well, he is probably correct and it’s the reason that the outskirts of so many North American cities and towns are so ugly.

Is this what Wakefield needs? Should Wakefield follow because this is what is “normal,” or should Wakefield take extra care to preserve and even enhance the marvelous scenic qualities of the community that make it such a gem and a tourist “hot spot.” An industrial park as an introduction to the village may not serve the community well, if it wishes to retain its present character.

Another point I would like to mention is that Hwy 5 was carefully designed with National Capital Commission involvement to be a scenic access route into the Gatineau Hills. This effort should not be squandered by any of the communities it passes through, including, I would like to add, my home municipality of Chelsea.

Jim Douglas

Chelsea, Quebec