Parking on Hwy. 16

Parking on Hwy. 16

Hwy. 16 parking becomes an issue

Burns Lake councillor urges local staff not to park on Hwy. 16.

Parking on Hwy. 16, between Home Hardware and RBC Royal Bank, has become a growing concern among some business owners in Burns Lake.

A few weeks ago, Burns Lake resident Tammy Downton wrote a ‘letter to the editor’ saying many staff members that work in businesses on Hwy. 16 are parking along the highway in front of other businesses.

“I feel it’s important to keep these spaces open for customers and clientele,” she said. “The close parking should be their convenience, not ours, as most of us are parked for the whole day.”

“There is the large parking lot across the street with ample parking,” she continued. “Let’s work together as a downtown core; take those few extra steps to work in the morning and save the front row parking for those who are making our downtown grow.”

Burns Lake councillor Kelly Holliday, owner of Aksenz Studios – which has now moved to Hwy. 16 -,  agrees that parking on Hwy. 16 has become an issue. According to her, it makes a big difference for businesses to have available parking spaces in front of their stores.

“I really believe the impulse buyer that might be travelling through will see your store front window or your service window, and if there’s an available parking space in front, they will make the decision to pull in, stop, come in and probably buy,” she said. “If someone is parked in front of your window for eight hours a day, no one can see it when they are driving by.”

Holliday said she understands that businesses sometimes need to bring products into their stores. In that case, she recommends staff to unload products and immediately move their vehicles to the parking lot across the street.

Holliday said she has been parking her own vehicle on First Avenue.

“I would like to think that the common sense of the professional and business person and employee in Burns Lake would make them not park in front of the retail and service businesses on Hwy. 16,” she added.

According to a by-law that regulates and control traffic within the village’s boundaries (by-law no. 483), people that choose to park their vehicles for eight hours during the workday are technically not doing anything wrong.

The current by-law specifies that parking cannot exceed 24 hours. However, Holliday said she has requested that the by-law to be brought to a council meeting so that it can be reviewed.

“We absolutely need to revitalize the by-law,” she said.


Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

An aerial shot of Cedar Valley Lodge this past August, LNG Canada’s newest accommodation for workers. This is where several employees are isolating after a COVID-19 outbreak was declared on Nov. 19. (Photo courtesy of LNG Canada)
52 positive COVID-19 cases now associated with LNG Canada site outbreak

Eight cases still active, 44 considered recovered

Questions around rail safety, firefighter safety, cleanup near the rail yards and tracks, whistle cessation, etc were raised during the RDBN meeting with CN. (File photo)
‘Lot of our concerns are still not being heard,’ say RDBN directors on CN’s response

Frustrated over lack of solutions, despite communicating their concerns to CN

Barbara Patrick. (Submitted/Lakes District News)
Former Burns Lake local to play the first Indigenous character in a Hallmark movie

Barbara Patrick, a former LDSS student takes a huge step for the Indigenous community

The Burns Lake RCMP is supportive of having a ticketing bylaw in place even though there would be limitations on what they could ticket on. (Priyanka Ketkar photo/Lakes District News)
Burns Lake might be getting a ticketing bylaw

Will help extend RCMP’s authority to attend to noise complaints

A B.C. Ambulance Service paramedic wearing a face mask to curb the spread of COVID-19 moves a stretcher outside an ambulance at Royal Columbia Hospital, in New Westminster, B.C., on Sunday, November 29, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. records deadliest weekend of COVID-19 pandemic with 46 deaths; more than 2,300 cases

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry provides COVID-19 update

B.C. researchers launch study to test kids, young adults for COVID-19 antibodies

Kids and youth can often be asymptomatic carriers of the novel coronavirus

A sign is seen this past summer outside the Yunesit’in Government office west of Williams Lake reminding visitors and members to stay safe amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (Rebecca Dyok photo)
B.C. First Nation leaders await privacy commissioner decision on COVID-19 information

Release of life-saving data cannot wait, says coalition of First Nations

MLA Jennifer Whiteside is B.C.’s new minister of education. She is speaking out against Chilliwack school trustee Barry Neufeld and asking him to resign. (Black Press)
New education minister calls on Chilliwack trustee to resign

Whiteside echoes former minister’s promise to look at options to remove Barry Neufeld

Peter Beckett. ~ File photo
Supreme Court of Canada to decide if it will hear appeal in 2010 wife murder trial

Peter Beckett has stood trial twice for murder in connection with the death of his wife, Laura Letts-Beckett

Tabor Home in Abbotsford. (Ben Lypka/Abbotsford News)
B.C.’s largest COVID-19 care-home outbreak records 19 deaths, 147 cases

Tabor Home in Abbotsford has been battling outbreak since Nov. 4

Ash and Lisa Van carry a freshly cut Christmas tree while wearing personal protective masks at a Christmas Tree Farm in Egbert, Ontario, Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020 THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Cole Burston
‘Everyone wants a tree and they want it now’: Christmas tree sales on pace for record

Anticipated demand for Christmas trees has sparked a rush by some to purchase more trees wholesale

Business groups have been advocating for years that local approvals for construction in B.C. are too long and restricted, and that B.C.’s outdates sales tax deter business investment. (Black Press Media file photo)
B.C. residents worried about COVID-19 deficit, business survey finds

Respondents support faster local approvals, value added tax

Most Read