Innovation Institute brings more letters

To the Editor:

Silent no more …
Bring back the Nuclear Innovation Institute to Southampton please.
 
Larry and Betty Bender
Southampton
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To the Editor:

Several letters have accused those opposed to the building a nuclear institute on the former rectory property in Southampton of being a vocal, rude minority and lacking vision. Bruce Power has not revealed the number of people they heard from opposing the institute on the former rectory property but there must have been a substantial number for the corporation to decide not to build there. A poll conducted on Facebook revealed that 86% of approximately 1,600 people who voted were opposed to demolishing the rectory and building an institute in its place. From my reading of the letters published in opposition to the institute, and conversations at three open-houses I attended, people were not opposed to the idea of an institute, what an institute might do for this community, or what it might become. The opposition was primarily about location: at an intersection near a school zone, bordered by three churches and at the entrance to the Fairy Lake Nature Area and the Rotary Pavilion – a small pocket of calmness in a noisy world, as well as a historic area of town – with a parking area to be built a block away and adjacent to a recreation area with two ball diamonds, a children’s playground and a splash pad. Surely, another location could be found in Saugeen Shores! And with enough space to allow the institute to grow. This was/is the argument, and suggestions were offered for alternative locations in the community. As for vision, those who would like to retain and reuse historic structures in town and preserve the aesthetic and recreational amenities we already have – such as those at the intersection of Victoria and High streets – rather than threatening them by inserting commercially-oriented buildings that could easily be built elsewhere … these people should be credited with a vision of trying to shape growth while simultaneously preserving the unique character of this town. There is no shame in this.

Peter L. Storck
Southampton