A West Vancouver citizen has asked the district to be proactive when it comes to cleaning the streets.
“Walking from 21st and Marine Drive to Fresh Street market, we were appalled at how dirty our sidewalks are, in particular on the south side from 19th going east. Basically, our walks are filthy. How can this be the West Vancouver we brag about?” he said in a letter.
The citizen said while he had seen trucks being used for watering flower baskets in the spring, the district never made cleaning the sidewalks its priority.
“The credit union sidewalks have become disgustingly dirty with lots of trash. Even the new sidewalks near Earls and Heirloom are getting dirtier and dirtier. How can we feel good about our home, West Vancouver, when it does not care about something as basic as clean sidewalks?” he said.
“Whose responsibility is it to remove trash, sweep, hose down, and power wash the sidewalks? Why are our sidewalks not cleaned on a regular basis?”
Raymond Fung, the director of engineering and transportation, said staff did pressure-wash the paving stones in Ambleside business area once in the spring after the pollination period to remove residue build-up, as it could be slippery.
As for streets, it was the responsibility of the adjacent property owner to pick up litter, to sweep, and in general keep clean the sidewalks and municipal boulevard along their frontage, Fung said. “In situations, where there is a trip hazard and/or need for sidewalk replacement, the District will initiate works.”