When The Beacon hit the streets of Gander recently, and caught up with voters as they ran errands, jogged and did some work around the house, the message was resoundingly clear. Residents want improved streets, and the sooner the better.
Kelly Wurdemann, asked what issue she’d like to see council tackle after the Sept. 24 municipal election, summed it up in two words: “The roads.”
Two other residents, Craig Kelly and Vickie Foote, want to see road improvements that last for the long run.
“The roads are terrible,” said Kelly. “Anything that’s improved seems to (deteriorate) almost immediately.”
“Improve the roads more during the right season, because it seems like as soon as a lot of the roads start to get fixed just before the cold weather comes, they’re all torn up again by the next year,” Foote said.
Residents also bemoaned the lack of a movie theatre.
Grand Falls-Windsor, a town approximately 95 kilometres west of Gander, has a theatre, and the amenities of the two towns are often compared.
“The services here are pretty good, but the fact there isn’t a movie theatre here isn’t very good,” said Kelly. “For the area it serves, you would think they would have things like that here.”
“I wouldn’t mind having a theatre here,” said Wurdemann. “I don’t know why they wouldn’t want that here.”
Foote, on the other hand, would like to see more programs for youth.
“I know there are a lot of programs offered in the summer, but when you compare it to the bigger centres … I would just like to see more for the kids.”
All three residents acknowledged Gander is a great place to raise a family.
“It’s very quiet and a very safe place to raise a family,” said Kelly. “There’s no crime or anything like that.”
“I like the fact it has just enough of the amenities, but it’s still on a smaller scale and still safe for raising kids,” added Foote.