A Burlington neighbourhood can learn all about a sidewalk it doesn’t want

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Published January 22, 2024 at 11:05 am

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A public meeting scheduled for later this month will outline some changes coming to a Burlington neighbourhood, including the installation of a sidewalk that most residents are opposed to.

The meeting, slated for Jan. 31 at the Appleby Ice Centre, will discuss upcoming work on Bromley Rd. over the next three years including digging up the street to replace the water and wastewater mains, storm sewers, asphalt, curbs and sidewalks. The work will be carried out by both Halton Region and the City of Burlington.

But it is the installation of the sidewalk where there previously wasn’t one that residents on Bromley and surrounding streets are most interested in.

The City of Burlington recently approved the sidewalks after months of discussion and in opposition to most of the residents who live on the street.

The City believes the sidewalk is necessary on the south side of Bromley based on growing pedestrian traffic and the need to accommodate access to parks, schools, community centres and transit.

“The proposed sidewalk infill achieves the goal of creating a completed pedestrian network and provides safe and convenient access to pedestrian generators,” stated a report that was presented to councillors from the City’s Transportation Services Department.

That hasn’t sat well with residents who have pointed out that 40 out of 43 households on the street signed a petition against the sidewalk.

“It’s not what we wanted, not at all,” one resident told inhalton.com. “It’s going to be difficult to sit through that meeting having to listen about a project that affects our homes and lifestyle knowing that the decision is made and there is nothing we can do about it. It’s been an upsetting experience.”

The City says at the meeting residents will be able to find out all the details of the construction work that will take place including project scope, scheduling, traffic restrictions, and other local impacts.

The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. in Community Room 1 at the Appleby Ice Centre, 1201 Appleby Line.

 

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