Port appeals to province about washed out Rennell Sound road

  • May. 5, 2010 7:00 p.m.

Port Clements is appealing to three different provincial ministries – Forests, Transportation and Tourism – to do something about the washed-out road to Clapp Basin on the west coast so that islanders and visitors can get to the area this summer. “It’s a very heavily used area in terms of both locals and off-island people,” mayor Cory Delves said at Monday night’s council meeting (May 3). “This is an island-wide issue.” Clapp Basin is the site of a former logging camp at Rennell Sound, with the access road running to the left at the bottom of the Rennell Sound hill. The road washed out last fall, cutting off the only boat launch on the west coast and a makeshift recreational area with outhouses. According to the Ministry of Forests, the government can’t do anything because the road runs through private land. Mr. Delves said he has heard that the land owner lives off-island and won’t allow the road to be fixed. He’s also heard that as many as 250 off-islanders use the spot every summer. Council voted to write a letter to the Ministry of Forests, the Ministry of Transportation and the Ministry of Tourism asking that access to Clapp Basin be restored. The village will also send the letter to the regional district so that other communities are aware of the situation.