Hants West MLA wants feasibility study conducted for new arena

Published on April 20, 2017

Hants West MLA Chuck Porter at the funding announcement for a new hockey heritage centre at Long Pond.

©Carole Morris-Underhill – Hants Journal

WINDSOR, N.S. - Hants West MLA Chuck Porter is calling upon municipal leaders to conduct a feasibility study before moving forward on the Hockey Heritage Centre.

Porter issued a press release encouraging the Municipality of West Hants and the Town of Windsor to ask the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) to help them fund a feasibility study for the proposed arena.

Porter sent out the media release on April 20, two days after the Windsor Agricultural Society sent out their counter-proposal to stakeholders.

The original proposal is for the project to be built near Long Pond, near King's-Edgehill School and the Dill Family Farm. The agricultural society's proposal is to have the centre built at the exhibition grounds, closer to amenities.

“We now have two proposals for a facility in the area and the right thing to do is to complete a feasibility study which would consider many things, including location, appropriate size, cost and the long term sustainability for such a facility in our area” Porter said in the media release.

“Both projects reflect millions of taxpayers’ dollars being contributed from all three levels of government,” he said. “There is only one taxpayer and it is incumbent upon us to ensure we get this right.”

Porter said a feasibility study would also provide information around the economic impact the new arena would have on local communities.

The independent body completing the study would be chosen through a bidding process.