Kersley residents do not want the gravel pit to be activated.
That from Melissa Winofsky, who is the Chair of the Committee that is opposed to it.
She says the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure is considering re-opening the pit after 30 years in the center of the Sister’s Creek Recreation area to support road projects in the Quesnel area.
“The problem is this pit is right in the heart of a residential community where we have a school and active users that use the pit. We have really big safety concerns and lifestyle changes for people if this pit is to open.”
Winofsky says they are really concerned for their children.
“Kersley is a beautiful community where our kids play outside. They are constantly riding their bikes on the street, they use the trails. We have the Kersley Elementary School, which a lot of kids attend, and these children walk to and from school regularly. We’ve got 26 kids along Parr Road, down Dusty Road, Roberta Road, that will be walking with these gravel trucks hauling up and down these roads, and it’s scary.”
Winofsky says her group is not opposed to the road projects, including for Kersley Dale Landing and the Durrell Road in their area.
“We just feel as community members that there is access to gravel in other places. It may cost a little more money to truck this gravel in, but I feel like we are worth the money.”
She says a decision has not yet been made, and they want to get the word out to Quesnel and the user groups so they have a fighting chance to stop it from happening.
Those interested in joining the committee to stop the reactivation can email [email protected]
An information meeting on this potential project was held last (Monday) night in Kersley.