Letter: Beware noise from nearby rail yards

Editor:

Seeing the photo of the new development rising near Sandman Centre (‘Making the Marquess,’ Dec. 21) brought back memories of living across the river from the rail yard in Quesnel in 1975.

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Every night, 365 days a year, the smashing sound of the shunting of trains echoing across the river.

It was impossible to get a good night’s rest.

The BC Rail Corporation was belligerent and refused to operate during the day, regardless of the number of complaints.

The row of residential housing across the river should never have been built there.

The photo of the Marquess on Lorne Street clearly shows CP Rail operating next door.

This property should never have been allowed to be zoned residential.

This area should be zoned Industrial.

Council needs to realign its thinking that not every activity or application needs to be in reach of downtown.

Well thought-out long-term planning 30 years ago regarding Riverside Park is under attack today from poorly thought-out applications.

The recent bike path connecting Sahali with downtown will go down as a complete waste of funds. The path will be used primarily by a few hardened bikers who currently speed down Columbia Street with the wind blowing through their hair.

Gerald Antoniak
Kamloops

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