Letter to the editor 5, Dec. 1, 2016

What is your vision for the future of Hudson?

Dear Editor,

I speak for myself when I say that I moved here for the rural type setting, New England style charm and, most of all, the beautiful natural environment filled with trails, ponds, Pine Lake and Sandy Beach.

Is this your vision of Hudson too?

Maybe it’s time we embrace what we are, what we have, and recognize what we cannot be. We will never be able to compete against Vaudreuil-Dorion’s shopping mecca – so maybe we should focus on whatever niche markets Hudson does have to offer.

In regards to housing capacity – well Vaudreuil-Dorion and St. Lazare win hands down. So why are we trying to fool ourselves into thinking we can compete?

While change is going on all around us – this may be our best opportunity to protect our best assets – our natural environment.

Of course, we do need some growth – but it needs to be managed to protect these treasures, not be built on them. So with this in mind, I wish to start with one our favorite areas: Sandy Beach.

Presently we are fortunate enough to have an access to Sandy beach. We are thankful to our previous town councils and the current landowner who were able, so many years ago, to negotiate this access. But we do not own Sandy Beach and much of this property could be developed should the owner decide to do so. I am hoping we can work towards purchasing more of this property to form a nature park. That is why I am supporting a petition working towards its purchase.

While it is clear we are a small village without a large budget it doesn’t mean it can’t be done. Other communities have managed to secure grants and outside funding towards the conservation of such valuable ecological properties.

I am proposing we ask, we try, we research, we negotiate, we see if we can make this happen!

Please consider supporting this effort and add your signature to this petition.

www.change.org/p/achat-sandy-beach-purchase.

Eva McCartney

Hudson

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