Looking for best solution for stakeholders
| Posted: Wednesday, Aug 28, 2013 04:15 pm
It is with great concern over the proposed school site slated for Eldorado Park in Erin Ridge, that I write this letter to you.
My family moved to St. Albert in 2005 and chose Erin Ridge to build our new home. We were very happy to see the green space directly across from our street. Over the years we have used this park to enjoy many family activities together. Being fairly new to the neighbourhood, we were quite surprised recently when we were told by our neighbours that this site was a school-designated space. Upon further investigation, I found out that the ASP for this school dates back to 1986! I find it appalling that no discussion or investigation have taken place by our present city council or school boards to ensure that this space is still viable as a school site option.
Some of the questions that I feel should have been part of the discussion prior to making this school site selection are as follows and I would like answers please:
Why were other more suitable larger locations not considered? For example the Kingswood site, Erin Ridge North, Oakmont or maybe future lands (Badger) negotiated?
Can the city ensure that no further strain will be placed on our already congested streets such as Erin Ridge Drive and Eldorado Drive?
Can the city ensure that overflow parking will not spill into our crescents and cul-de-sacs?
Will the francophone students have to sacrifice programs due to limited space?
Will the francophone students need to be bused to other schools to share services or programs?
How many francophone students coming to this school live in St. Albert?
Will there be an expansion of this school into the adjacent green space in the future?
Why build a regional school in an already developed neighbourhood?
The ASP clearly shows an elementary school designated for this site, why has this changed?
How will the roadways and trails be affected?
How will this school benefit our community of Erin Ridge?
Why was this decision made in haste without proper consultation?
Can the citizens of Erin Ridge count on your support to resolve this issue?
In conclusion, I just want to be very clear that the residents of Erin Ridge are not against a francophone school being built, but are only wanting the best solution for all stakeholders involved and we ask you, our elected officials, to help us find a solution. We have four voting members in our family that will be awaiting your resolution to this issue.
Jeanine Au, St. Albert