Emergency vehicles to regain access to Sauble Beach this week


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Five emergency vehicle access points in Sauble Beach are set to reopen this week after being closed ahead of the Canada Day long weekend due to permit issues.

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According to a June 30 notice signed by South Bruce Peninsula General Manager Bill Jones, posted on the city’s website, the Gray Sauble Conservation Authority advised the city on June 21 that Permits would now be required to remove sand that accumulates on the shoulder and parking areas. from Lakeshore Boulevard North, as well as the five emergency access points located along Sauble Beach.

“The City refrains from speculating, as such it is unclear why, after decades of sand removal in these areas, the GSCA is now requiring permits for work essential to public safety within a municipal road right-of-way and to emergency access to the beach? While disagreeing with the GSCA’s position, the city, in the interest of public safety, had no choice but to immediately seek permits for the proposed sand removal.” , Jones said in the written notice.

According to the notice, the city received a permit from the GSCA on June 29 for sand removal along the shoulder and parking areas of Lakeshore Boulevard North, but not for the five vehicle access points. emergency.

“So until the GSCA issues a permit, emergency vehicles will not have direct access to the beach in an emergency. The closure of these accesses is of concern and may affect the emergency response time in the event of an incident on the beach. The city has notified police, fire and ambulance services of the closures,” Jones said in the June 30 written notice.

Jones said the removal of sand from the road shoulder and parking areas, as well as emergency access points along the beach, is one of the maintenance activities already supported by the provincial Department of Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP), although established “guidance documentation”.

In an email Monday, Jones said the city now receives a permit from the GSCA allowing them to remove sand from all five emergency vehicle access points, and staff are now coordinating the work.

Jones said the hotspots should be available for use by the middle of the week.


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