The district has received even more letters from residents opposed to the Aberdeen Road complex – 129 versus one letter in favour.
These are in addition to the 277 letters in opposition and nine in favour received two weeks ago.
Yet Coldstream politicians are doing nothing more than receiving the letters for information.
Meanwhile several residents are calling on their mayor and councillors to provide more information, such as cost estimates, how the proposed and existing parks and fields will be maintained and just general clarity on the issue.
“People in Coldstream see the choice as between a complex or housing,” said Richard Enns, an opposing resident who says the choice is really between a complex or agricultural land.
“The council, perhaps Coldstream, has failed to get the information out there. Without that clarity it’s going to divide the community.”
Resident Gyula Kiss also questioned why this facility is needed and how it will be maintained.
“We actually have a high number of sports fields,” he said, referring to Greater Vernon Services Committee’s parks inventory.
“If you’re going to add more it’s going to be even less maintained because there’s going to be less money in the budget.”
Mayor Gary Corner did say that the need and search for fields have been issues for quite some time.
He added that GVSC has long been consulting with sports and recreation groups about their current and future needs, which is how this proposed project has come about.
“We’ve been looking for a piece of property for years now, certainly before my time on council.”
Coldstream and GVSC are reluctant to release definite costs for the project because details of what will be included still need to be finalized.
Those details will be ironed out through a public input meeting after, and if, Coldstream residents and the Agricultural Land Commission allow a land use change.
Coldstream residents will vote on the issue during a referendum Dec. 15, where they will be asked if they support forwarding an application to the ALC for 118 acres to be used for non-farm use, for the purpose of sports fields.
If the project goes ahead, Coldstream’s portion of costs for the project would be 17.6 per cent.