Brantford citizens, again, speak their minds on the proposed Laurier Brantford/YMCA Athletics Complex here. They suggest better locations, such as Earl Haig Park/Civic Centre,
Market Square (majority of which sits empty); they express concern about the total cost to taxpayers. A citizen told us the YMCA should have considered its space needs before leaving its former location on Darling St. Will all three levels of government listen?
The Earl Haig Family Fun Park and the Brantford Civic Centre location is a good alternative location because it is public land, unlike the former privately held land on the south side of Colborne St., whose lost tax revenue is a sore point. Many, though, like the open space, landscaping and vista.
The final decision of where and when to build rests, as Mr. Warren Bechard says here, with the citizens through a referendum. Unfortunately, overriding this is Brantford’s debt, Ontario’s debt and Canada’s debt, which can all be tamed by responsible spending, e.g., understanding what is an essential public expense and what is not.
When taxpayers can afford it, another option is to add a pool and additional space to the NEW location on Wellington Street.
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