Response to open letter on proposed high school

February 1, 2024   ·   0 Comments

Firstly, I want to agree with some of Gary Dorland’s “open letter” points, printed in the New Tec Times newspaper last week. He is quite right about saving our Alliston Downtown and the businesses that depend on students frequenting their stores!

As far as the new High School proposed location north of town goes, it means we, the taxpayer, will foot the bill to bus the students there and back daily, then at lunchtime; lots will jump into friends’ cars and head back into Alliston downtown core creating a real traffic problem and a real safety concern at Victoria St. E and Sir Frederick Banting Rd.

We will possibly need another set of traffic lights to allow the student traffic to merge into Victoria St. traffic safely if we don’t want lots of accidents there!

That’s just what we need: another set of lights just a few yards away from the set at Victoria St. E. & Old Tottenham Rd.

Secondly, as a way of reducing the new school area footprint, what about letting students walk a few hundred yards from the proposed new high school site on the Gordon Wright Field to the old Banting High School playing field & running track? Then, we will not need to build a new one at Gordon Wright Playing Field, saving a lot of space.

It cost the New Tec taxpayers 100,000 yesterday dollars to make this football field that has a sprinkler system, so who knows how much it will cost in tomorrow’s dollars!

We could install a pedestrian set of lights at Albert St. & East Ave. to address the safety concerns of students while crossing Albert St., and it will also help to reduce speeding traffic through town. I also believe the School board owns the Gordon Wright Field, again holding school costs down and reducing our New Tecumseth Education taxes; we need to keep our taxes down as we can’t afford them now!

Ian and Ann Hamby

Alliston, Ont.

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