Lake Town Ranch should go somewhere else

I have major concerns regarding the number of people who will be coming into our community if the Lake Town Ranch application is approved.

I have major concerns regarding the number of people who will be coming into our small community if the proposed Lake Town Ranch application is approved.

Firstly, Highway 18 was not built to accommodate the amount of traffic that will be brought into our area for that event. Our population bulges to 10,000 or so on any long weekend and the entire area is stretched to the max, with policing, emergency services, restaurants, shopping normally able to accommodate our area population of approximately 4,000.

To suggest there will be economic benefit is short sighted. Once a restaurant is full, it is full. Where are the angry patrons going to go while they are waiting?

Secondly, the pristine river is getting less and less pristine. On any nice summer weekend there are upward of 1,000 tubes going by my house. It is a two hour ride now that the water is at low levels. The weather is hot and there is lots of hydration, good health practice. As a result, many gallons of urine are being “tinkled” into the river.

As well, the odd or perhaps not so odd, person defecating in the bushes. No one wants to do that in their pants on a hot day. Nature calls when it calls.

In any case, this is all untreated sewage and if there is a “spin off the lily” it is not going to pay the bills for the clean-up. The visitors come in, have a good time and leave.

We are left behind to clean up the mess. With a stampede of folks from the proposed “Ranch” tubing on our overly pissed-in river, how long before I live on a sewage pond?

Thirdly, I understand that the site will be policed by staff hired by the organizers during the event. Who will be protecting our community? Lake Cowichan could end up in the same mob mania as the Vancouver, Parkville and Kelowna riots of years past. No one has the policing to handle an out of control, drunken mob. Who would pay for the devastation in and around our community if the crowd decides to come to town?

Lastly, If there was such a great spin off for the Duncan community why are they silently allowing it to leave without a comment? Or is it a case of “thank God” not in my backyard.

I am totally opposed to changing the zoning in the area to allow Lake Town Ranch to bring their “wild west show” to our small community. Go in peace, go in kindness but go somewhere else.

 

Anne Wise

Lake Cowichan

Just Posted

Take a breather among the rhododendrons at Lake Cowichan

Just off Lake Cowichan’s main road is a quiet oasis

Sunshine and safety for bike rodeo students

Students at Quw’utsun Smuneem Elementary School in Glenora were treated to a… Continue reading

Cowichan Valley Regional District’s affordable-housing strategy moves forward

Board signs three-year financial agreement for initiatives

VIDEO: Trans Mountain expansion project gets green light, again

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the decision in Ottawa on Tuesday afternoon

Coming up in Cowichan: Spend Father’s Day fishing, or head to the BC Forest Discovery Centre

Deadline coming to register for class reunion The Cowichan Secondary Class of… Continue reading

Man to be sentenced for sexual abuse of young girl in Nanaimo

Stephen Mark Castleden also sentenced for child pornography-related charges

MPs hear retired B.C. nurse’s petition to change compensation for fatal medical errors

Teri McGrath wants provinces to implement no-fault system for medical errors

Horgan says he’ll still defend B.C. coast after second Trans Mountain approval

Meanwhile, one B.C. First Nation has announced plans for a legal challenge

VIDEO: Firefighters stop blaze from spreading after BMW crashes at Saratoga Speedway

Victoria-based businessmen were ‘corner training’ on Father’s Day when incident took place

Demonstrators on either side of Trans Mountain debate clash in Vancouver

Crowd heard from member of Indigenous-led coalition that hopes to buy 51% of expansion project

Grieving B.C. mom hopes Facebook message leads to new investigation into son’s Surrey homicide

Criminal Justice Branch didn’t lay charges, concluding no substantial likelihood of murder or manslaughter conviction

Ginger Goodwin’s Cumberland cemetery grave desecrated

Just days before the Miners Memorial weekend, Ginger Goodwin’s grave has been… Continue reading

Most Read