Bringing meals vehicles to downtown Lunenburg ‘simply madness’


The concept the roar of diesel mills is what Lunenburg must cement its popularity as a meals vacation spot has restaurant house owners and residents stupefied.

Restaurateurs say council is planning to amend its merchandising bylaw, after which usher in seven meals vehicles to function on city property on the UNESCO World Heritage Web site.

“I actually suppose it’s simply madness. It’s insanity,” stated Melissa Shaw, the proprietor of Candy Treasures Confectionery. “I believe city council ought to be defending the tax-paying companies. You completely can’t evaluate minimal merchandising allow charges … to the large value of operating a brick-and-mortar enterprise within the coronary heart of city. It’s merely unfair to supply others such an inequitable benefit.”

Shaw has been advised the city plans to cost meals vehicles lower than $2 a day to function, and he or she wonders how she may compete with a cellular enterprise parked throughout the road, “paying subsequent to nothing for overhead prices, compared to the fastened companies paying exorbitant taxes, mortgages, upkeep charges, due to our location.”

“We now have to keep up these historic properties to the UNESCO guidelines the city has inherited,” she stated. “You need to assessment each element with them, one thing so simple as including a warmth pump or the place you’re going to place your rubbish, it’s a headache.”

An aerial view of the restaurant and procuring space of Lunenburg, April 6, 2023. – Tim Krochak

Lunenburg mayor Matt Risser didn’t return a name from The Chronicle Herald, which got here as no shock to Shaw.

“I haven’t been capable of make communication with him. I despatched him my ideas. I believe the meals vehicles would create an eyesore in an in any other case picturesque façade,” she stated. “I really first heard about it on the huge college fundraiser about two weeks in the past, when one other enterprise proprietor approached me and requested my opinion on it. It was the primary I had heard about it by any means. I suppose the city did share it, however the way it was worded, I actually wasn’t conscious that it was one thing that even utilized to me. They shared that they have been amending the merchandising bylaw, but it surely had no clarification that stated we’re including seven meals vehicles.”

Martin Ruiz Salvador, who owns 5 Lunenburg eating places, objects to the meals vehicles as a enterprise proprietor, as a taxpayer and as a resident of Lunenburg.

“Diesel mills should be used to function meals vehicles, and that’s an enormous environmental difficulty, not to mention the noise and scent. They’d be capable of run their mills from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Additionally, the placement (close to) different companies is big as properly,” Salvador stated. “Three of those within the Outdated City will probably be in direct competitors with bricks and mortar buildings which might be paying taxes, plenty of taxes. We now have the very best property tax in Nova Scotia, I personally paid over 55-thousand {dollars} in property tax final yr. A meals truck is simply not giving something again to the neighborhood.”

A picnic table waits for visitors along Tannery Road in Lunenburg on Thursday, April 6, 2023. - Tim Krochak
A picnic desk waits for guests alongside Tannery Highway in Lunenburg on Thursday, April 6, 2023. – Tim Krochak

Salvador, who had 126 workers final summer season, and who has an annual payroll of greater than $2 million, is a member of Lunenburg’s board of commerce. He stated when the board requested for a take a look at the proposed new bylaw, the council didn’t reply till after taking the primary of two votes on the problem.

A second studying of the proposed change is scheduled for a council assembly on Tuesday, and Salvador has this week spoken with two councillors he thinks are having second ideas.

“This isn’t a finished deal but, however they voted unanimously to go it on the first studying,” stated Salvador, who expects tons of of individuals to attend council on Tuesday in opposition. “Truly, there’s no restrict on what number of vehicles may very well be on the town, proper now there are seven proposed websites that the city itself will handle. If this new bylaw passes, you possibly can put as many meals vehicles on the town as you needed, so long as they have been on non-public property. However the city itself is facilitating seven.”

The positioning checklist for meals vehicles can also be stated to incorporate three spots on Tannery Highway, throughout the harbour and identified for its view of the downtown.

Tannery Highway resident Graham Kerr, initially from Lunenburg and who moved again to city 5 years in the past to retire, heard in regards to the meals vehicles three weeks in the past. He wrote a letter to the council and mayor on the subject and has heard from the city clerk to acknowledge receipt.

Kerr stated the highway, which results in the golf course, is already loads busy.

“I don’t need to make it only a Tannery Highway difficulty, as a result of it does have an effect on the entire city, it impacts all our retailers and retailers and people who have eating places. I believe it’s so essential that we assist them, primary,” stated Kerr. “We get tour buses, normally every day, and to not exaggerate, there’d be hundreds of images taken each couple of weeks, from there, trying again throughout on the city.”

Kerr stated blue herons and ospreys dwell close to his property, and there’s already a difficulty with rubbish down by the water. He’ll be at city council to oppose permits for meals vehicles.

“It’s simply going to show it right into a carnival-looking highway.”

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