By Wendy Elliott
Wolfville town councillors often discuss parking issues like the so-called Subway lot and potential parking pressures.
At a recent meeting councillor Jim Laceby raised the point the town is often criticized unfairly for the condition of the unpaved Subway lot.
This fall constant rain washed dirt downhill off the lot and onto town sidewalks.
Mayor Bob Stead explained the lot was a gift to Acadia University about 10 years ago from the Irving family. It has been leased to the town since then.
Laceby suggested while the lot is part of the university’s 100-year plan it often looks like a mud hole across the street from the clock park.
“We’re getting the blame,” Coun. Carl Oldham said, but added while the town might be unfairly criticized no one wants the lot closed down.
Acadia University spokesman Scott Roberts said Acadia is “aware of the interest many members of the Wolfville community have in seeing changes to the Subway parking lot.
“We have discussed this issue with the Town of Wolfville in the past and are talking with them now about options both in the near and long term,” he said.
“We expect to continue to work with town officials on this and many other issues of common concern.”
Oldham also raised his fears that parking near Harbourside Drive will be pressured when Pete Luckett opens his new store next spring.
Wolfville’s recently released sustainable transportation strategy determined the current number of parking spaces in town is adequate. Study co-ordinator Gabryel Joseph did suggest parking lot design could be improved.
He noted the parking lot at the County Fair Mall in New Minas is large enough to contain the entire business district of Wolfville.
Coun. Bill Zimmerman said the town needs more people downtown, not more cars. He believes an awareness of sustainable transportation is growing.
The parking lot by the former Nova Scotia Power building has reopened. It is available for all-day parking. In addition, there are another four lots that offer all-day parking.
They include: next to Railtown, the waterfront lot, adjacent to the Wolfville Farmers’ Market and in the rear of Herbin’s Jewellers on Linden Avenue.