to the Editor – Flamborough Post
I am writing in response to your article the Friday, February 7 issue
of the Post, New Mid-Peninsula Route Offered.
about the highway proposal last year in Grade 9 geography, where we
studied the effects of the highway on the population of Waterdown. Then,
in Grade 10 science, we studied the effects of the highway on the environment.
Both courses offered a different perspective on the highway issue, so
I have formed my own mixed opinion.
I believe that a highway in this area will definitely bring businesses
and more jobs to the Hamilton area. Jobs, such as work in fast food
restaurants, will open up, offering more opportunity for students like
me, as well as providing jobs to adults in fields such as road construction.
to providing jobs, the highway may help reduce the amount of traffic
along Hwy. 401, making transportation more efficient.
this new highway will be good with respect to development and job opportunities,
I believe that, because of the proposed location, it will be a waste
of money. As far as I understand, the highway could stretch along the
Niagara Escarpment and through Flamborough, cutting across the newly
developed Agro Fields.
of the Hamilton district have paid high taxes toward the restoration
of Hamilton Harbour and the Niagara Escarpment. After spending money
on restoration, the government now wants the people of Hamilton to pay
more taxes to build this new highway that is going to severely affect
all the meticulous work of restoration that is in process.
a waste of money?
the new highway will disrupt and damage the environment. No longer will
the nature strip along the escarpment be a tourist attraction.
cannot enjoy nature while cars zoom on a nearby highway and the air
is thick with the smell of exhaust fumes. And the pollution won't just
deter tourists. The natural habitats found around Hamilton Harbour and
the Niagara Escarpment, as well as those in the wetlands behind the
Agro fields, will begin to deteriorate. No one will want to have a picnic
or play a game of soccer in a dying area.
I believe that building the highway will be more detrimental than beneficial.
I feel that the planners should find an alternate route in which to
place the highway.