Amherst to move information kiosk

Darrell Cole
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AMHERST – Amherst is removing an information kiosk from the corner of Lawrence and Victoria Street. Where it’s going is anyone’s guess.

Amherst is moving one of its downtown information kiosks away from the busy intersection at Lawrence and Victoria Street. It yet to decide where to move it to.

AMHERST – Amherst is removing an information kiosk from the corner of Lawrence and Victoria Street. Where it’s going is anyone’s guess.

Responding to concerns from the its traffic authority, the town is removing the kiosk because motorists feel it blocks their view of traffic moving west on Victoria Street. While the plan is to move it to the vacant property where the Bird’s building use to be, Coun. Robert Bird wants it moved to the border to be part of a joint entry project with the Municipality of Cumberland.

“The proper location is over there. Take a drive out there and have a look around, it’s a great location,” Bird told council during its September committee-of-the-whole meeting. “It’s a huge piece of property and we’re working with the county to get more people off the highway into town and Cumberland County.”

Council has approved funding in its capital budget to move the kiosk. Amherst’s director of planning Jason MacDonald said several locations are being considered.

He said the cost of the project, $10,000, includes the electrical hookup and replacing the foundation.

Part of the Centre First Downtown Action Strategy, kiosks were also located at the Four Fathers Library and in Victoria Square. They were designed to provide information on town events and were intended for foot traffic in the downtown area.

Deputy Mayor George Baker and Coun. Frank Balcom are not fans of moving it out of the town.

“It should stay within the town limits,” Baker said. “I’m not denying that we need something out there (at the border), but I have to admit that I was a little disappointed to see it in the paper before it was brought before council. I’m not so sure I want to spend taxpayers dollars in the county.”

Instead of making a rash decision, Mayor Robert Small suggested the town have the kiosk removed and stored until it can study the matter.

Twitter: @ADNdarrell

Geographic location: Victoria Street, Cumberland County, Lawrence Victoria Square

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Recent comments

  • Safety first
    September 25, 2013 - 08:29

    The kiosk is not the only problem there. If you look at the picture you will also see a car parked in a parking spot. It's actually a bad spot to have vehicles parking because if it's a truck parked there you also have to come quiet far out into the intersection to see if there is anything coming. I drive this route daily and have almost been hit twice.

  • The majority
    September 21, 2013 - 10:00

    I agree, and i hope they repaint the ugly things while they're at it.

  • Jack on the Rocks
    September 19, 2013 - 14:43

    I said as soon as they put it there it was going to be a hazard...maybe they should take the $10,000 from the paycheque of the brainiac who made the call to put it there...