Good neighbours, good fences?

  • Nov. 20, 2013 6:00 p.m.

Transport Canada has installed a fence blocking all access to the big wharf in Sandspit, a move that has raised concern at the Moresby Island Management Committee table. MIMC chair Evan Putterill said the committee discussed the new fence when it met last Thursday (Nov. 14). “It’s like an eight-foot chain link fence… surrounded by barbed wire,” he said. “It’s really unfortunate, it’s been a social gathering place in the community for quite some time.” Especially in summer, the wharf is an appealing spot for picnickers, fishers and swimmers. The committee voted to contact Transport Canada and ask why the gate is there, and to talk to a marine civil engineer about the structure. Transport Canada communications officer Sau Sau Liu confirmed that Transport Canada installed the fence last week because the wharf is in a deteriorating condition and no one should be on it. “We previously restricted vehicle access, and now we have determined that it is unsafe for any public access,” she said. “The health and safety of Canadians are priorities for Transport Canada.”