Emergency crews use the Cowichan Valley’s only airport on Langtry Road, which is run by the Duncan Flying Club. (File photo)

What you said: New Duncan airport a terrible idea

Readers pan the development of a new facility in the Cowichan region

When Citizen reporter Robert Barron wrote that a study commissioned by the Cowichan Valley Regional District deemed a new airport in Duncan “feasible” members of the community took to social media with their opinions on why it wasn’t welcomed.

RELATED STORY: New airport in Valler ‘feasible’, according to report

RELATED STORY: Air transport in the Cowichan Valley Subject of new study

“What a ridiculous idea! (And I’m someone who flies on a regular basis!)” said Madelaine Shirley.

Leslie Mallett Van Gorkom agreed.

“Madelaine Shirley me too! Honestly do we have to have major noise EVERYWHERE??” she said.

The report recommends that current and future regional planning initiatives undertaken within the CVRD consider the potential benefits of a multi-use regional air transport facility which, along with commercial uses, would also provide essential air services, including air ambulance, search and rescue, emergency evacuation, and forest fire response.

According to a study prepared by Dillon Consulting Ltd., there is sufficient demand for a new airport, but citizens argue there are more pressing transportation issues already on the ground.

“A bridge between Mill Bay and Brentwood Bay is probably the best infrastructure choice that we could make. Faster access to YYJ and a viable alternative to the inevitable problems on the Malahat,” wrote Anthony Hull.

“Nanaimo airport is close and Maple Bay has float planes,” wrote Jamie MacDougall. “We [need] a bypass for the highway around town more than a new airport.”

That comment got more likes than any other post on the page.

“More noise? No! Invest in what is desperately ‘needed’ such as a vehicle bypass through Duncan?” wrote Jo Nelson.

“Let’s get the train first and use it to get to Nanaimo Airport,” wrote John Appleby.

“Why don’t you concentrate on a better road to get through Duncan first! I think that would be money better spent,” wrote Susan Margetts.

“How about a corrections style rehab facility instead of an airport or 30 million dollar concrete cop shop,” offered Russell Bissett.

Just Posted

Campaign aims to raise $50K for young family of deceased Vancouver Island skydiver

James Smith, 34, died July 5 following incident in Nanoose Bay

Cowichan rallying around family after rare disorder leaves teen partially paralyzed

Sammy Dubois, 14, disgnosed with rare neurological disorder

Missing Port Alberni man found deceased

47-year-old had been missing since late June: RCMP

TV star’s family selling Vancouver Island Beach Resort

You can own Jason Priestley’s Terrace Beach Resort in Ucluelet for less than $5 million

B.C. appeals judge’s decision to leave three clubhouses in Hells Angels hands

The province has filed two notices of appeal related to the B.C. Supreme Court decision

VIDEO: Victoria’s Raging Grannies call for end to public funding of for-profit senior homes

Organizer says COVID-19 has made senior home issues more apparent

Sooke Crisis Centre closes doors

Services previously offered to be dispersed throughout community support groups

Canadian policing organization calls for decriminalization of simple illicit drug possession

Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police want policing focus of opioid crisis to be replaced with a health one

Survey, hotline launched amid probe into racist blood-alcohol guessing game at B.C. hospital

Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond has been appointed to lead an investigation by Health Minister Adrian Dix

RCMP disarm man experiencing mental health crisis in Campbell River

Man pulled a knife on officers and then held it to his own throat expressing a desire to die

Saanich police identify suspect in Brydon Park assault

No charges sworn, no arrest made as of July 9

Jamie Bacon pleads guilty to charge in Surrey Six case

The plea brings an end to a complex legal case that has spanned more than a decade

17-year-old girl from Nanaimo reported missing

RCMP asking for help finding Trisha Harry

Filing deadline in RCMP sexual-harassment class-action extended due to COVID-19

Plaintiffs now have until January 2021 to submit claims for up to $222,000

Most Read