Ashamed. Disgusted. Angered.
Some of the words used on social media Monday to describe reactions to the decision by Weyburn City Council to reject the application for a care home in the Creeks subdivision.
Shortly after the story was posted on Discover Weyburn, residents of the community and those who had an interest in the story took to social media to voice their reactions. The reactions varied but had a common theme of criticizing the decision made by the council.
Weyburn Mayor Marcel Roy defended his vote against the application. He cited the process is in place, as the request was for discretionary use in the area, and the neighbours would be able to have their input as to why they were opposed to the project.
“It didn’t matter the reason why they didn’t (want the care home),” explained Roy. “Again, I’m not to sit there and judge what the people’s reasoning was about that. To me, it was about the matter of the process, and the process is they said they simply didn’t want it.”
A number of residents wrote letters of opposition to the proposed care home. In the letters, the residents cited reasons such as safety concerns, increased traffic, and a decrease of property values as a reason for opposing the construction of the care home in the specified lot.
Roy said while the proposed lot may not have been able to gain the approval of the neighbourhood, there are other lots which could be looked at in The Creeks for the proposed care home.
Discover Weyburn did reach out for reaction from the Weyburn Group Home Society, who would be tasked with the operation of the care home, for their feedback on the decision, but they hadn’t responded by the deadline for this story.