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Residents speak out about proposed Catholic school and library for Breslau

Residents of Breslau were able to have their voices heard about a potential Catholic elementary school and public library being built in Breslau Memorial park Thursday night.

Matthew VanderMeer was among the 200 residents at the meeting and says it was an emotional night.

He says the majority of those attending weren’t pleased with the plan.

He tells 570 News that building a school on the green space in Breslau Memorial Park will increase traffic on subdivision roadways, limit access to the park and limit future expansion of Breslau recreation programs.

“If you look at this particular plan with only the numbers, charts, and maps it may look very good, but when you start incorporating the human element and the emotional element of the people who live around the school and the potential students of the school – the situation gets quite complicated.”

VanderMeer started an online petition in early February expressing his concerns about the plan. That can be found here.

The proposed new school would have a library that would connect to the existing community centre, and would replace the existing St. Boniface Catholic Elementary School in Maryhill.

The Waterloo Catholic District School Board is offering to pay the township $1.75 million dollars for the land.

“There are people in the community that would like the school there, unfortunately we didn’t hear from as many of those yesterday” says Manuel da Silva, WCDSB Chair. “We heard from many people who were opposed to the school.”

The Township Woolwich as released a list of FAQ that can be found here.