Footpath worth restoring

A footpath between Monteith Street and San Carlos Avenue could return to public use

Oak Bay residents may wish to know that there could be a chance to return to public use a footpath between Monteith Street and San Carlos Avenue which was closed off a year or so ago.

This much-appreciated footpath was always private property and public access was generously permitted by the former owners.  With new ownership, there is now a heritage revitalization plan and new development plans for the several adjoining properties in this corner.  This could be an opportunity for Oak Bay council to formalize a public footpath which would greatly enhance the walkability of this area.

The challenge is to find a solution that respects the interests of the private homeowners as well as providing public access.  This has been achieved in other parts of Oak Bay and, I believe, that with a little effort and some political will, a creative solution could be found here.

If you feel this idea is worth supporting, please write to mayor and council before July 13 when this matter will be discussed, and attend the meeting as well.

Nancy Barnes

Oak Bay