Noise among the issues raised concerning site on road leading to Cape Spear
More than 50 people attended a public meeting at St. John’s City Hall Tuesday night to discuss an application to develop a park and campground on Blackhead Road. — Photo by Andrew Robinson/The Telegram
Those who attended a public meeting Tuesday night to discuss a proposal to develop a private park and campground on Blackhead Road leading to Cape Spear had a lot of problems with the proposed development.
More than 50 people attended the meeting at St. John’s City Hall, and those who spoke about the proposed Cape Spear Family Campground raised a number of issues. Each time a speaker finished, the rest of the audience clapped to show their support.
The proposed park and campground covers a 21-acre property with frontage of 105 metres along Blackhead Road. It would have 38 spaces for RVs and 143 for tents and small trailers, plus yurts, a multi-purpose building, a greenhouse and a small barn. The property is located in front of Long Pond.
Phil Oliver, who has lived in the area all his life, expressed concerns about the effect the park would have when it’s filled to capacity with campers, suggesting it could triple the population of the area with upwards of 700 people at the site.
“We’ve got a little unique community out here,” said Oliver. “It’s quiet.”
He also said it would have a noticeable effect on traffic in the area, which is already significant in the spring and summer, given the nearby presence of the most easterly point in North America — the Cape Spear Lighthouse National Historic Site.
Area resident Angela King said even if the proponent plans to enforce a policy banning the public consumption of alcohol at the site, noise from the park is bound to affect nearby residents.
“Campers like to party,” she said, suggesting they will congregate at a local beach to drink.