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George Bourelle (left) recently took Real Menard, responsible for sustainable development, environment, parks and green spaces for the agglomeration, on a walk through Angell Woods.
Beaconsfield Mayor George Bourelle met with fellow mayor and Montreal executive committee member, Real Menard, last week at City Hall to kick-start discussions surrounding the preservation of Angell Woods in its entirety.
Menard, mayor for the borough of Mercier-Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, is responsible for sustainable development, environment, parks and green spaces for the agglomeration.
“Mayor Ménard agreed to visit Angell Woods to see first-hand its environmental value and importance to the West Island,” Bourelle said in a released statement. “We then had a very productive working meeting with both our staff and the city of Montreal staff to determine a course of action.”
Menard noted the parties’ common goal, “namely to ensure the preservation of this natural green space of recognized ecological value.”
The meeting comes just days since the city purchased a total of $44,900 worth of lots from private landowners. This, after Bourelle told The Chronicle last week that the city is “going back to square one” on negotiations with key landowners, as well as the city of Montreal.
Angell Woods, a 100-hectare wooded-area, has long been the source of much division in Beaconsfield, pitting residents and the city against private landowners. Currently, the city is facing a lawsuit with respect to the validity of a controversial interim control bylaw in place since 2010, launched by Yale Properties Ltd. and Seda Holdings Ltd.
In addition, the previous council’s decision to approve a Special Planning Program, which would see the construction of 68 condominium units just north of the Sunrise Senior Living Residence, drew much criticism from residents.
In fact, the Association for the Protection of Angell Woods (APAW) challenged the proposal in Quebec Superior Court last fall.
Stephen Lloyd, president of APAW, told The Chronicle last month he was encouraged by the mayors slew of moves in protecting Angell Woods, and his willingness to secure the wooded area in its entirety.