Citizens in Beaconsfield are trying to protect their interests just as we are in SADB. This article by candidate for Beaconsfield council Greg Stienstra, illustrates the similarities between both communities.
– Beaconsfield’s 2013 Special Planning program for the Angell Woods sector, although withdrawn at the last minute, will be at the top of the agenda for the new council. We must send council, land owners, developers, speculators a strong message that Beaconsfielders want to keep their green space. Your vote in this election is extremely important.
– Development will not result in reduced taxes. Even the Beaconsfield council members could not make a case that development reduces taxes.
– This is one of the last remaining green spaces on the island.
– There is a serious traffic congestion and safety problem at Woodland Intersection. Drivers regularly run red lights at this intersection due to delays. Council should make safety a priority over development.
– There has been no traffic study taking into consideration that train traffic, particularly long oil carrying trains, is on the increase. As we learned from Lac Megantic, there are risks. As it is how would residents west of Woodland be evacuated in case of a derailment at the Woodland intersection cutting off Elm and Woodland?
– As the traffic increases so does the risk of a serious accident.
– Montreal has set aside funds for the purchase of green spaces on the island of Montreal.
– A large green space is an asset to real estate values in our community, and this will continue in the future.
– High density condo development is not the right choice for this area, and it will reduce local property values.
– Angell Woods provides many environmental benefits and allows us to enjoy nature without driving for hours.
– The Beaconsfield plan for the development of Angell Woods presented in 2013 has far too many loopholes.
– In the past when other properties in this area were developed, soil removed from excavation by the builders was simply dumped on nearby green spaces, essentially destroying the local ecosystem. This construction was supposedly supervised and inspected by city employees.
Source: Why protect Angell Woods?