Letter: Unkempt boulevards and sidewalks unacceptable

Re: Better care needed for golf course boulevards, Oak Bay News letters, March 9

Re: Better care needed for golf course boulevards, Oak Bay News letters, March 9

My husband and I are pleased to see that we are not the only Oak Bay residents who are unhappy about the unkempt state of our boulevards.

I have written to our mayor several times about the weeds growing from the 1200-block Beach Drive to beyond the Victoria Golf Club and other areas with no action ever taken.

Beach Drive is one of Victoria’s most popular walks and drives, and the boulevards and sidewalks should not be so untidy; it’s beauty should be enhanced at every opportunity.

Many boulevards and sidewalks in Oak Bay are in a similar shoddy state.

It saddens me to see how scruffy our municipality has become over the past 10 years. Oak Bay’s setting is magnificent and is similar to Carmel By The Sea in California and deserves to receive at least the same attention to its beauty and serenity.

Last year we visited Penticton, another top tourist destination. There were no weeds growing on any of their sidewalk curbs for up to two miles on either side of the city. If Penticton can do it, so can our municipality.

Our homeowners spend their dollars to keep their gardens neat and tidy, why can’t our municipality do the same? All surrounding municipalities with their magnificent gardens and tidiness make Oak Bay look dowdy.

Our maintenance and parks department staff should have been increased instead of hiring more high-priced management staff that were not necessary.

P.M. Coulter

 

Oak Bay

 

 

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