This is a letter we saw in the Advertiser a few days ago [Feb 8]. We couldn’t find a link so we are copying it out.
The Valley: Not much here to look at
It wasn’t for lack of effort our Valley’s tourist value will be soon finished – right about when all the roadside developments are!
I thank Leslie Wade and the organizers and councillors who have continued to fight the good fight to maintain farmland.
However, thanks to Kings County council’s vote Feb. 1 tourists now will be able to drive up from Halifax to see – strip malls and backyard swings! Really worth the drive.
Isn’t it wonderful four already fortunate, long term land-owning heirs were allowed (by some unresponsive councillors and a warden) to take their family legacy from their own heirs, and the most beautiful views of the Valley from the public? Chaching!
Shame on those councillors and our warden.
It is signed with the writer’s name and a location indicated as Grand Pre.
Let us think about Grand Pre for a minute. It has a gas station, and a motel and cafe, and a couple of wineries with shops attached, one with a restaurant, an antique store or two, B & Bs, a horse stable, and nearby JustUs coffee roastery and the Tangled Gardens shop/factory which makes jams, jellies etc. It also has a major interpretive centre. These are commercial or institutional establishments. It also has some recent residential building (duplexes). We suspect none of these “developments” (except perhaps the stable) would be allowed presently in the farmland zoning the SOS people are fighting to keep.
Does Mr. Robinson LIKE Grand Pre? We suspect he does. Does he consider it attractive to tourists? We do. Perhaps Greenwich might like to “develop” some of those things as well. Would a market similar to Pete’s Frootique be attractive? Perhaps a good bakery? Tourists are attracted by “things to do” not just by “views” of farmland.
Why is it that the land west of Eden Row can be “developed” but not the land east of Eden Row?
We think what the writer is worried about is the TYPE of development (“strip malls and back-yard swings”). That is yet to be approved and is still up for debate and input. Supporting infrastructure is an issue. It is hoped good decisions will be made.
And we think the bee keeper could be grandfathered.