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LETTER: Stop complaining, start participating

Editor: In a recent newspaper article it was reported that the recently approved user-pay parking program “follow(ed) a years-long process” and “formal consultations … started in January 2019 with drop-in sessions, stakeholde

Editor:

In a recent newspaper article it was reported that the recently approved user-pay parking program “follow(ed) a years-long process” and “formal consultations … started in January 2019 with drop-in sessions, stakeholder meetings, an online survey and public workshops”.

It states that "more than 1,100 respondents took part … over 15 months.” It also states “a report … released by the town shows significant support from residents” for various aspects of a Town of Banff sponsored survey.

The survey report can be found at Engineering Visitor Paid Parking – NSLR 2021.pdf. (pg. 7), and states that “of 468 participants, 397 were residents of Banff.”

If one assumes a conservative population count of 7,500 - 8,000 for Banff, then 1,100 respondents is approximately 15 per cent.

If you add the 468 participants from the survey then it becomes approximately 20 per cent. If you do not like 20 per cent of Banff’s population showing “significant support” for council programs, don’t complain – participate.

I did. 

Les Young,

Banff