Letter: Huge wall on Latoria worries resident

One Colwood resident questions the construction of a wall on Latoria Road

Re: Colwood mayor thanks community, eyes growth in 2016 (Gazette, Dec. 18)

While our illustrious Mayor Carol Hamilton thanks the community and eyes yet more growth in 2016, she might want to have one of her staff check the liability insurance policies currently in effect for Colwood, and at the same time ask Santa for no earthquakes and no mega rainfalls to cause landslides.

Surely the biggest “growth” in the municipality has been that monstrous boulder wall on Latoria Road at the foot of Wishart Road. It is so high, so ugly, so threatening, it makes the Berlin Wall look like a garden ornament. Were the homeowners on Pondside Terrace told years ago that this thing would be looming over their homes in the year 2015?

We have seen some spectacular mudslides that caused severe damage to the homes below, including one in Langford a few years ago. The Latoria wall was constructed by the same people that brought us some of the loudest, earth-shaking blasting in the past year and seemed not to care at the damage they caused.

Has anyone on staff at Colwood actually looked at this wall and considered how dangerous it seems, just huge boulders piled on huge boulders with no visible means of bonding together?

Meanwhile, Colwood taxpayers must ask Santa to check that all insurances and safety measures are covered, because we don’t want a piece of coal in the new year, in the form of higher taxes, if the municipality has to pay millions in damages because no one on staff did their due diligence.

Enough with the chest beating, and rah rah rah, let’s be sure this fortress wall doesn’t prove to be one new development we all regret.

Pamela Jackson

Colwood