Prison plan supported

Council has decided to give its support to a provincial prison to be constructed in the Okanagan.

However, the support at present is for a prison in the South Okanagan, not necessarily a Summerland facility.

“We are going to join in with a regional support,” said Mayor Janice Perrino.

Perrino said council is continuing to ask the public whether there is enough interest in having the prison within Summerland.

If the public is in favour, she said the next step will be to hold an open house to discuss possible land options for such a facility.

If there is not support for a prison in Summerland, Perrino said council will support a prison elsewhere in the region.

“We need to come together as a group,” she said. “As a single community, you’re not as strong as you are as a region. You need the backing of everyone.”

An online survey is being conducted through the municipal website and will continue this month. Perrino said staff are able to determine if residents are attempting to vote more than once.

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