Percy Barrett, Liberal MHA for the District of Bellevue, says
news that Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation (NLHC) is paving a
section of a road leading to Premier Danny Williamsí golf course is not
acceptable when services to residents on class four roads across the
province were cut in last yearís provincial budget.
It was reported in
Wednesdayís edition of The Telegram that the NLHC will pave a section of
road that leads to The Woods golf course in the Southlands area of St.
Johnís, a golf course that is owned by Premier Danny Williams.
"I find it outrageous that government money is being used to pave the
road to the Premierís golf course when residents in my district were forced
to stay in their homes last winter because of government cuts to road
maintenance," said Barrett. "Many residents on Old Mill Road in Goobies have
had major problems getting to work, school or receive medical treatment. Now
government is spending thousands of dollars to pave a section of a road to
the Premierís golf course and I find that completely unacceptable.
"When cutting government services last year, the Minister of
Transportation announced that class four roads would no longer be maintained
or plowed by government in order to save $800,000 annually. This road is
used only for access to that golf course, a private business interest, and
should not be treated any differently than the people living on class four
roads anywhere else in the province.
"I sympathize with the residents of Southlands who have paid market value
for land and built houses for their families. The dust problems in that area
must be addressed, but not with government money earmarked for home
improvement grants and other services offered by NLHC. If dust is a problem
in that area, residents should force St. Johnís city council to deal with
the operators of the golf course to rectify the problem.
"There is a double standard that must be rectified by the Premier and his
government. In light of this conflict, I once again asking that government
develop a comprehensive roads strategy to deal with essential services to
class four roads in the province."