Litter, speeding complaints nothing new

Published on August 7, 2013

I just read a very discouraging letter in Tuesday’s Telegram from a visitor to our province. (“Sorry Newfoundland, you are not what I expected,” page A6, Aug 6.)

Unfortunately, his experience in N.L. is not unlike what we all live through on a daily basis.

We have letters and photos sent to the city over a 40-year period complaining about the speeding and the constant dumping of garbage in our beautiful neighbourhood.  

There’s also a photo enclosed taken Monday showing exactly the same situation, with Tim Hortons cups, pop tins, chip bags and the like dotting every two feet of the roadside and riverbank (at the bottom of Whelan’s Lane in St. John’s.)

There’s another shot with a full truck load of debris dumped 20-30 feet from the Waterford River, but no action was taken or contemplated against the dumper and the city simply sent in a truck and workers and, at our great expense, they cleaned up this mess.

Along with residents and members of Waterford Valley Rotary and Northeast Avalon ACAP, we’ve done two major cleanups in that area this spring and have also done “spot cleaning” since then when we come upon a fresh load of trash.

But despite these efforts, the problem continues and it would really be worth your while to drive that half mile of open space and see for yourself how right that gentleman was.

In reference to speeding, in the last year or so, I’ve lost two side mirrors from my vehicle and neighbours have had similar and more serious damage done on a regular basis as motorists continue to “fly” through our neighbourhood with no regard for anybody or any real consequences for continually threatening our lives and properties.  

This is not a new problem, as my first letter on that subject was to Mayor John Murphy in 1975 and we’ve got records of ongoing complaints to the police and the city over the 38 years since then.

But the problem, like the littering, is still with us.  

After almost 40 years of complaining, we are assured that “traffic calming” is coming our way next year at a cost of $500,000 or so, and that should help our situation.

But that initiative will not solve the problem, just move it from our road to yours.  

It’s not a pretty picture and those who come from away, like this gentleman from North Carolina, seem to notice and care a lot more than we do.

Bill Stoyles

St. John’s