Benches and lampposts in downtown Oakville have got quite a lot of attention. Maybe too much. Last year, Oakville engaged residents to learn their opinion on Downtown Oakville’s Reconstruction and Streetscape Project. A decision was made to go with contemporary designed benches, bollards and other infrastructure.
But no, despite the extensive public consultation, other residents were in an uproar about the contemporary choice. So, Oakville conducted yet another public consultation. And the choice is now to scrap the contemporary design and go with traditional.
It’s quite the flip flop. It shows that public consultation process does not necessarily work all the time. It’s like Brexit and American Presidential elections. People don’t know what they want until the know what they don’t want.
The December 8th public meeting had 29 responses and the online survey had 541. Public engagement is good. It just takes a long time and costs taxpayers money. We shouldn’t need multiple public consultations on benches and lampposts. But at least a decision has been made.
Benches will be black and lights will have acorns in the design. Important decisions. These new design selections will be incorporated into the Lakeshore Road Bridge Reconstruction project which will be complete by December of this year.
Check out the final selections for downtown Oakville HERE.
Photo Courtesy of Rick Obst