Thanks to your support, Mayor Scott announced today, February 24th, that the Lions Park site is no longer under consideration as the site of the NSCC residence. You can read Mayor Scott's statement here. Together, we can make a difference!
Dear Mayor Murray Scott and Esteemed Members of the Cumberland County Council,
We, the undersigned residents of Springhill and Cumberland County, are writing to express our profound concern and disappointment regarding the recent announcement to allocate a significant portion of our cherished park for the construction of student residences for the Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC).
While we fully support the development of the NSCC and the provision of adequate housing for its students, we strongly believe that the chosen location for these residences undermines the social, environmental, and recreational value that the park offers to our community. The park is not merely a green space but a vital part of our town's heritage and a central hub for community engagement, outdoor activities, and family gatherings.
We are aware that the growth of educational facilities is crucial for the development of our town and the well-being of its residents. However, we are also convinced that alternative sites can accommodate this project without sacrificing our park. Notably, the upcoming vacancies of two elementary schools present a prime opportunity for redevelopment into student housing. These sites are not only suitable but would also prevent the loss of public green space and potentially revitalize underused structures within our town.
Therefore, we respectfully urge you to reconsider the current plans for the NSCC student residences. We believe that by exploring alternative locations, such as the soon-to-be-vacant elementary schools, we can achieve a solution that supports the growth of the NSCC while preserving the integrity and accessibility of our park for future generations.
We are not opposed to development but advocate for responsible and community-conscious planning. We hope that you will take our concerns into serious consideration and engage with the community to find a mutually beneficial resolution.
Thank you for your attention to this matter. We look forward to your response and are eager to contribute to a constructive dialogue regarding this issue.