LETTER: Difficulties must be addressed

Firefighting and downtown access are issues surrounding Summerland development

Dear Editor:

I have noted with interest your reporting on the Banks Crescent development.

I am reminded of the five years I spent as a volunteer for the fire department in Scotch Creek, B.C. That area also had a development similar to Banks Crescent.

Part of my work in Scotch Creek was to do a survey of recent development records, especially to see whether fire trucks, including pumpers, could reach those developments should they catch fire.

The road down to Banks Crescent will be widened, this will indeed increase the efficiency of that development, allowing emergency vehicles to go up and down.

I also understand that a ladder truck will be delivered to the fire department this year and that will allow the department to access the upper floors.

Other issues are right in front of our eyes — the lack of access to the main shopping centre of Summerland and the difficulty of residents getting up the hill to access the main shopping centre.

In other words, these residents will be cut off from the upper levels of Summerland.

Many retirees would like to leave their cars at home and walk to get their groceries. Flat ground would be helpful.

There are many more difficulties that have been articulated by other Summerland residents. I think these should be heeded.

David G. Baxter

Summerland

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