City of Beaconsfield

City of Beaconsfield

November 20, 2015 09:27 ET

Sound Wall South of Highway 20: Muted Citizen Response Regarding Utility and Financing

BEACONSFIELD, MONTREAL--(Marketwired - Nov. 20, 2015) - Beaconsfield residents are cautious in their assessment of the utility and financing methods of a sound wall along the south side of Highway 20, despite the exceptional proposal made by the Provincial Minister of Transport Robert Poëti for its implementation.

This was revealed by a survey of 600 adult Beaconsfield residents conducted by Léger Marketing from October 16 to 23, 2015; the results were weighted according to sex, age, owner or tenant status and district of residence. Such research reflects an overall position of citizens regarding the project's relevance and financing methods. The results can be expected to be accurate to within 4% if repeated again 19 out of 20 times.

"We have conducted this survey to become fully aware of the overall position of our residents on this project. The results confirm the caution with which we have handled this matter from the beginning", explains Mayor Georges Bourelle.

According to the pollster's analysis, the survey results show that "the majority of the citizens seem unconvinced of the sound wall's necessity […], because they have doubts regarding its efficiency and appearance or disapprove of the costs related to the implementation of the project.

"This first level of consultation allows us to take stock of the stakes to be considered before deciding whether to accept the Minister's proposal. We will now address the financing and consultation methods to ensure that the decision will be made with total transparency as part of a democratic exercise which will respect all parties concerned", adds the Mayor.

Transport Minister Robert Poëti recently offered to bear 75% instead of 50% of the project costs. Despite this exceptional proposal, Beaconsfield's part would still amount to five million dollars.

The survey results demonstrate that the noise problems caused by the highway affect a very slight majority of respondents in the three districts closest to Highway 20, whereas the respondents in the three other districts declare to be hardly or not affected.

The two main reasons given by those opposed to the project are the costs (53%) and the fact that they are not directly affected by the noise generated by highway traffic (46%).

This trend is even more pronounced when considering the cost issue. The most impacted districts favour a general cost-sharing solution, while those less or not impacted believe that the costs should be covered by the affected owners.

The survey and its results can be consulted on the municipality's website at www.beaconsfield.ca.

Contact Information

  • Mayor's office
    514 428-4410