LETTER: ‘Lack of interest’ not why Delbrook meeting missed

Dear editor:

I would like to respond to Janice Dungate’s [Aug. 2] letter as chair of the Delbrook Community Association. I suspect it is us she is referring to when she asks: “Where were the Delbrook Lands group?”

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It is flattering but not surprising we were missed: we have been at every other meeting for the past seven years.

The truth of the matter is that we were all otherwise occupied that evening. We were alerted to its appearance on the agenda on the Thursday, and a quick call-out among the executive revealed we were all otherwise committed. It is summer, and for most Canadians, life gets busy when the sun comes out. It was certainly not lack of interest that kept us away!

If we had been there, we might have pointed out that, while four-plus storeys was the most popular single option, many more indicated a preference for one of the lower options. Even outside the neighbourhood zone, most [60 per cent] feel that four storeys is too high.

Finally, I would like to point out that, while it is certainly a key issue in our community, the Delbrook Lands are not our only area of interest: we have followed and tried to influence topics from road safety to school closure over the past decade that I have been involved. Always, our primary focus is on the quality of life in our neighbourhood. We invite those who have a similar interest to get involved; look for an announcement of our annual general meeting on our website Delbrookca.wordpress.com in the fall.

Rene Gourley
Chair, Delbrook Community Association

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