Letters of the Day
Friday December 1, 2006
Criticism for Mr. Banks
I saw the
article commenting on Tim Banksâ€™ opinion of the
Stratford town plan in your Tuesday edition, and
immediately thought: cartoons, succinctly put
(‘Stratford waterfront concept unacceptable,
unrealistic: Banksâ€™, The Guardian, November 29, 2006)
Mr. Banks is dead on the money, and while we might have
the potential to disagree about what business should go
where, attracting some business and more residential
development on lots larger than 60 feet of frontage is
what the town should be doing.
Parking lots with trees, one resident of the Dale Drive
area call the concept.
Roughly $200,000 has been spent on the cartoons. Maybe
itâ€™s about time to cut our losses, which is what a
business would do, and junk the plan.
A little realistic today-kind-of-thinking would be more
I am writing to comment on the article “Stratford
waterfront concept unacceptable, unrealistic: Banksâ€™
(The Guardian. November 28, 2006)
Mr. Banks is one of the many people who operates a
business in Stratford, but this does not give him the
right to call our development plan a cartoon and a
fairytale. Mr. Banks should realize that what was
presented by Ekistics Planning and Design of Halifax was
a concept plan.
As a concept plan, it is merely demonstrating what is
possible and merely provides residents with an idea of
what Stratford may look like in the future. Whether
there are pictures of ponds in the middle of private
enterpriseâ€™s parking lots is not the point—it is a
concept. I wonder if he would be calling it a cartoon
if the town council had approved his last request for
development of a big box store.
The Town of Stratford has the mandate and support from
its citizens to move forward with development plans for
the town. This includes hiring a planning and design
firm to give us some sort of idea of what the future
development of the town would look like.