The Colliery Dam Park Preservation Society says it’s stepping back from a City-sponsored technical committee, because of secrecy and “fear-mongering”.
The Society calls it a “temporary withdrawal” from the work to find a cost-effective way to repair and upgrade the dams, which at one point were going to be demolished. The group says it wants to see more openness from a technical committee and it’s withdrawing until that happens.
Jeff Solomon from the Society says it’s now clear the dams are not an urgent public safety risk, so one thing they want the City to do is get rid of all the warning signs.
Solomon says the Society remains willing to take part in discussions on the future of the dams and the park, but only if the public is fully involved and has all the information.
Solomon says the Society is also frustrated because the City won’t back down from its position that the dams are a safety hazard, which he says is disproved by the latest engineering reports and the province’s move to downgrade their risk ratings.