Thursday, March 13, 2014

City to urge for resolution of Exstew access concerns

Prince Rupert council has weighed in on the percolating controversy over access to recreation areas, with City Council addressing the Exstew Access issue at Monday night's council session.

Regular readers of our blog learned of the prospect of losing access to the Recreation area back on March 7th, when we reviewed the nature of the problem and what steps were taking place to try and solve the issue.

Monday night City Council offered up its support towards keeping access available, though the Mayor did advise that Council should work with Kitimat-Stikine Regional District, which has jurisdiction over the recreation area.

As for a City of Prince Rupert support, Councillor Ashley recommended that the City write a letter of support seeking a resolution to the issue.

Councillor Cunningham also observed that the Exstew controversy is just the latest of incidents where residents are finding themselves squeezed out of recreation areas by industrial development, something he advised the city should "nip in the bud"

Currently the issue appears to be one of discussion for the Coast Tsimshian Resources company and CN, with both of the region's MLA's keeping an eye on developments.

Towards finding a solution to the problem, the Mayor wrapped up council's discussion on the topic on Monday by  asking staff to work towards bringing all of the parties involved in the issue together, suggesting a meeting with Council to try and find a resolution to the issue.

You can review the Exstew discussion from the  1 hour  11 mark of the City Council Video Archives.

We have more background on Council developments to be found on our City Council Discussion points archive.

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