What's wrong with this picture?
Posted by the town Friday on Facebook , in response to a delegation from residents complaining about noise, speed and increased traffic on Henderson Drive.
Appreciation is expressed in a handful of comments.
In the exact location, retail/ commercial frontage occupies both sides of the street. Mary Brown's Chicken closed recently after many years in that spot. The taters were a special favorite with my grandchildren. Sandwich and salads were the best. The vacancy has been filled but will not likely last forty years. Not without supplies.
On the south side of Henderson, Metro supermarket, Harvey's /Swiss Chalet, Dry Cleaners, Pet Shop and a couple of other units have also traded since the seventies. A dollar store recently replaced a Drivers' Examination Centre. The latter was a real problem for the immediate neighbourhood with drivers being put through test maneuvers on short ,interior courts . I never understood why the examination Centre was permitted in a retail/commercial zone. The Province doesn't require municipal approval.
The sign carries a picture of a child running and playing ball on the street.
It's a lie. A total Trumpian falsehood. I tell you this, it's a fabrication of a twisted and distorted mind.
In forty years, since the road was opened, as I exited on to Yonge from my neighbourhood, I have never seen a child play on Henderson Drive. Not there , not with a ball, a hockey net, a skate board, a dirt bike ....nuthin'
Why would they? In that location ,both sides of the road are retail /commercial with access to parking lots for business that need deliveries. ..deliveries that can't be made except with trucks.
Council, in all its wisdom, has decided it shall not be.
Henderson is a through road to Bathurst. Throughout it's length, except for the town house complex
at the Yonge Street end ,one other residence has frontage but no access .
Residential and retail commercial at Yonge Street intersection was the original plan of subdivision.
Henderson had to be constructed from Lee Gate to Yonge for the development to proceed, at
the developer's cost.
At Bathurst Street end, another developer was required to construct the road from Seaton to Bathurst ,with residential development on the north side only and no lots with access. The developer was bankrupted one Friday afternoon when the road contractor pulled men and equipment off the job because he hadn't been paid.
Henderson Drive town house residents always shared the road with retail/commercial delivery trucks. The Region required that road configuration.
Since the first sale, no buyer has ever have been unaware of the character of the neighbourhood.
Deliveries are an essential feature of retail business . Banning trucks is contra-indicated.
People buy. Supplies must be replaced.
No replacement......business trickles down . ..Zero, Zilch, Nil and Nada......Amen my friend...
Within Environment and Infrastructure, the town employs a traffic engineering division.
Untold millions have been expended for space to accommodate the division.
I'd bet dollars to donuts, no professional input went into the decision to prohibit trucks from Henderson Drive.
Enforcement of traffic regulation is the responsibility of York Regional Police Department.
Unless it makes sense, it's not going to happen? How do you tell a truck driver he can't drive on a road he paid to drive on?
I daresay if remaining business follows Mary Brown's Chicken out of town, neighbours and Council will be happy to see the traffic problem resolved.