Pedestrian bridge a waste of money

City Hall is excited about 50 people attending a meeting regarding the pedestrian bridge to Queensborough.

This is just another of those vanity ideas in which a few people persuade council that it is worthy of millions of taxpayer dollars.

The proposed bridge serves no practical purpose except for a few seasonal walkers and bikers.

It will attract youth gangs and vandals and eventually be locked down to protect itself. It is to cross a commercial waterway with its need to give right-of-way to commercial traffic such as the log rafts which use it every day at various hours.

The $7 million would house a number of homeless, build school playgrounds, help the school board maintain its services and employees, counsel problem gamblers and other addicts, buy Royal Columbian Hospital more MRI machines, etc.

The priority list is endless ahead of this unworthy project.

Fifty supporters does not constitute taxpayers’ support. Remember in the summer of 2012, when over 2,000 property owners petitioned for a referendum regarding the proposal to borrow $59 million mostly to finance the as-yet unleased office building?

They were denied the right to vote on the project which is a serious drain on the taxpayer and should be resolved before another vanity project wastes more scarce city money.

The city should not fall into the trap so many winners of gambling and lotteries do.

That is to waste the lucky proceeds.

Taxpayers elect councillors and hire administrators to spend all money wisely.

Recent projects such as the Westminster Pier Park, the Merchant Square office tower above Anvil Centre, and the new Moody Park Pool are clear indications of poor financial management.

All taxpayer money and windfalls need careful management.

The proposed pedestrian bridge is not good financial management.

Ed Linstead

New Westminster

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