Cara-Leigh Wyllie discusses the prospective rental fee increases for the Pepsi Centre in this Tuesday file photo. — Western Star file photo
The users groups that oppose a prospective rental hike at the Pepsi Centre in Corner Brook will petition the community for support.
Representatives of Corner Brook Minor Hockey, Silver Blades Figure Skating, Humber Valley Speed Skating, and other hockey and skating groups are rallying to oppose what is expected to be a 15 per cent rental fee increase in September.
Although it is not official, some groups were notified of the hike by the management of the facility to give them advance notice.
The groups met again Wednesday evening to develop a plan to combat the prospective plan. Cara-Leigh Wyllie, president of the Corner Brook Minor Hockey Association, said there is a petition which they will circulate throughout the community.
Wyllie said she believes the action will be effective in showing that the majority of people in the Corner Brook area are against raising the fees to use the public facility. That is the consensus she said she’s heard since the groups took their concerns public this week.
“Oh, I have been hearing lots throughout the community,” Wyllie said. “It’s all positive.”
Wyllie and Corrina Murrin, president of the Silver Blades Figure Skating Club, have been invited to meet with Western Sports and Entertainment board members Aug. 8. While they were hoping representatives of all the user groups would be able to meet with the board, just the two were invited to represent groups opposing the fees as of Thursday.
“We are collectively representing all the users,” she said. “Everybody’s issues will be addressed. Nobody has to fear their issues won’t be brought forward. We are discussing everything.”
The minor hockey president said the invitation is a positive step.
“I question if the board really knows all of the concerns,” she said. “At least now we are going to have that chance to bring forward our concerns, and represent the community.”