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Safety concerns sparked at Sovereign
Coldstream teens are being warned that their antics at Sovereign Park are in fact a major cause for concern.
There have been several issues with young adults lighting fires at the beach next to both the Sovereign and Mackie homes, burning shingles off the Mackie shed and lighting firecrackers.
“We’re just concerned about the safety of the area and the disruption,” said one neighbour Pamela Ades, referring specifically to a Friday, May 2 incident which escalated into needing a police presence.
Another neighbour, Dawn Brule, adds: “Our neighbours, their property was egged that night as well.”
Ades suggests the increase in activity is due to the lack of a presence at the Sovereign house.
There used to be a full-time caretaker on site, but since he moved out the District of Coldstream is searching for a new caretaker (the request for proposals closes May 26).
“We want to get someone in as quickly as possible,” said Trevor Seibel, Coldstream’s chief administrative officer. “We’re looking at the end of June at the latest I’d suspect.”
In the meantime, a guard has been put in place from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m., seven days a week.
Coldstream will also look into additional lighting at the park.
Meanwhile Coldstream Mayor Jim Garlick points out: “You get these hot spots where they (youth) go. They’ll always be there though.
“Coldstream Park used have a lot bigger parties than that.”
Those with concerns can also call the after hours emergency number at 250-542-7600. Coldstream is also working on establishing a specific contact for the Commissionaires.