Protestors to petition Perry on potholes
St. Alban’s resident David House says the condition of the local roads in his community is deplorable.
A section of road in St. Alban’s in desperate need of repairs.
In frustration, House started a Facebook group - the St. Alban’s- Coast of Bays, Potholes and Troubles Committee – and they are planning to petition to MHA Tracey Perry something during the Easter break, outlining their frustrations and demands for better roads.
House said, “This is not just about infrastructure in St. Alban’s although our local roads are probably the worst in the entire Coast of Bays.
“A fair number of people in all areas of the Coast of Bays have signed our petition as this is an issue in nearly every community.
“We are tired of promises; the time has come for government to take some serious action to address this grave concern.”
House alleges that when Perry came knocking on his door during her first election campaign, she said that if she was elected the local road from the government wharf out to the shore would be paved within her first term.
“Well, here we are nearly seven years later and the road has not been paved and, of course, has deteriorated to a more deplorable condition in that time frame.”
House said residents have been too quiet for far too long and the time has come to protest the road conditions.
“Ms. Perry is a fine person,” House said, “but mere promises are not good enough. We have been frustrated with this issue for years.
“We can’t be quiet about this any longer as we need to make some noise to see real government action on the severe matter.”
House said that the committee has invited media from around the province to be in St. Alban’s for the protest at Ms. Perry’s office in mid-April.
No firm date had been set for the protest as of Thursday, April 10.
Perry, meanwhile, says she is aware of the situation with the roads as House has been in contact with her office several times.
“I certainly appreciate the concerns everyone has on this issue, and I share those concerns. I want to assure everyone that we have been working very diligently on this.”
Perry says she has met with transportation minister Nick McGrath and the local town council has been in contact with the minister as well, writing letters to express their concerns.
“From these various contacts we have been assured that our problem will be addressed this summer.
“Our issue now is that we have to wait until the weather clears and as soon as it does crews will be in to get the road repairs done. We have at least one section of very rough road that is much worse now following this winter.
“I welcome the petition and I’ll make sure it arrives on the Minister’s desk. But from the point of view of needing to get things done, that’s very much already in place.”