Neighbours say ‘no’ to Greenwood signage


YLJ FILE PHOTO/TERRY O’SHAUGHNESSY

Signs that have graced the grounds and windows of Hudson’s Greenwood Centre for Living History since its inception as a museum in 1996 have been removed following the complaints of area residents to the town.

Following a complaint launched by a neighbour on Main Road, Hudson’s Greenwood Centre for Living History has been ordered by the town to take down flags and signage used to indicate parking as well as upcoming events with a concession made to allow a single sandwich board.

“One of the things I hear the most is that people don’t know where we’re located,” said Greenwood’s Executive Director Terry O’Shaughnessy. “This will make it even harder.”

Housed in a building that dates to the 18th Century, the non-profit Centre for Living History was inaugurated in 1996 and regularly welcomes visitors from both within and beyond Hudson’s borders.

Located on the shores of the Ottawa River, the centre has received complaints in the past and O’Shaughnessy said the staff has worked to address all concerns raised.

“One complaint, for example, has been that people park in front of private homes,” she said of the public road shared by Greenwood and others in the community. “We try, as good neighbours, to prevent that but not all visitors know.”

After receiving the verbal request from Hudson Director General Jean-Pierre Roy’s office to remove the flags and signs, O’Shaughnessy responded with a letter and said she hopes to be able to sit down with Hudson administration to reach some sort of agreement.

“The Urban Planning service applied the by-law,” said Roy, “but the council is the legislative aspect of the town. Anyone who doesn’t agree with a by-law can request a change. There’s a democratic process for that.” Some changes would require a public consultation process while others can be decided by council.

Roy said the issue at hand was the use of temporary signage, like flags, being used on a permanent basis, a practice that skirts the zoning by-law and is not equitable with companies who bear a larger tax burden to support permanent signage.

Roy suggested Greenwood make a request to change the by-law and said he would bring the issue up at the August 29 caucus meeting.

“If this is something we can fix, that’s great,” O’Shaughnessy said. “If it’s a by-law, we look forward to working on it.”

The centre is operational primarily in the summer months from Wednesdays to Sundays with some Christmas festivities held in both the Greenwood house and throughout other venues in the town. O’Shaughnessy said in an effort to keep Sunday mornings peaceful, the centre’s activities only begin at 1 p.m. that day.

“We love to do what we do in the most comfortable way possible. We try; we always have and always will.”

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