Trees are being cutdown along Langford Lake Road to make way for parking the future Belmont secondary school.

Trees falling for new high school

Trees were removed at the former Glen Lake elementary school site so construction of the new high school can begin.

Marty Adams is dismayed by trees falling at the future site of Belmont secondary.

“We live across the street and we knew the trees were getting cut down,” said Adams who wishes there was a recent consultation with residents prior to the trees being cut down.

The trees were removed at the former Glen Lake elementary school site so construction of the new high school can begin.

“We are only cutting down the required trees for the new building,” Lindsay Vogan, media relations for Sooke School District, said explaining they have to comply with regulations that the trees be at least 50 feet from the building and the field.

Most of the trees being removed are along Langford Lake Road to allow for parking.

“We will be replanting trees on the property,” Vogan said.

Adams sees the falling as a reminder of the traffic that will fill his quiet narrow street. He is one of about 100 residents who are a part of Concerned Residents of Westhills group.

“We feel Langford Lake Road is poorly designed for (heavy) traffic,” said Adams who lives on Clearwater Place off Langford Lake Road. “We are a green community with narrow roads. I know this was arranged before Westhills (was here).”

Adams said few drivers adhere to the 30 km/h speed limit.

“Many vehicles use it as a cut through to Sooke Road too,” Adams said.

While there will be access from the school to Langford Lake Road, Adams hopes additional access will be added on Glen Lake Road to help cut down on traffic.

“We just want it modified someway, this is going to add a significant number of cars,” Adams said.