Published originally in the Ashcroft-Cache Creek Journal on Nov. 17, 2020
The Village of Ashcroft has denied a request by the Ashcroft Slough Society for a $500 grant-in-aid and a letter of support in its bid to gain safe, legal pedestrian access to the local slough.
In late April, we shared information on our website and in an open letter to Ashcroft and Cache Creek residents explaining that Ashcroft Terminal is in the midst of a $28.2 million infrastructure expansion with funding support from Transport Canada, and a large area of our site is now in active construction. As an important safety measure, we installed a gate on Evans Road at the entrance of our industrial property and informed the community that we would be enforcing restrictions on trespassing to get to the slough through Ashcroft Terminal private property.
We invited residents of Ashcroft and Cache Creek to apply to become members of a Community Working Group, an advisory group that would make recommendations about recreational enhancements Ashcroft Terminal could contribute to as an alternative to continued access to the slough.
Ashcroft Terminal is installing a gate and limiting access to its private property, which includes riverfront land referred to as the slough. Protecting the public, our employees and construction team is Ashcroft Terminal’s top priority. The company has both a legal responsibility and a moral duty to prevent accidents.
Ashcroft Terminal is creating a working group to examine issues associated with gate installation and develop alternatives to riverfront access at the slough, located on the Inland Port’s private property.
Ashcroft Terminal will be taking an important added safety measure to protect the public and the people working at Ashcroft Terminal by installing a gate on Evans Road at the entrance to our industrial property. We understand that restricting access on the Ashcroft Terminal site may affect some residents who currently access a portion of Ashcroft Terminal’s private property, referred to as the slough. We are keen to work with the community and First Nations to understand the concerns, and to look for alternatives to accessing the riverfront in an area other than the slough.
A message to our valued Ashcroft Terminal customers, partners and community:
As the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to impact the trade and transportation industry we wanted to let you know that Ashcroft Terminal remains open for business. Health & safety protocols have been put in place to ensure safe working conditions for our terminal operations team – today and in the coming weeks. We continue to take guidance from local, provincial and federal authorities and are working quickly to update operations accordingly.
As we follow the developments of COVID-19 our number one priority is keeping our staff, customers and community safe. In addition to an on-going review of our pandemic plan and crisis response, we have enacted preventative measures, including reinforcing elevated workplace and personal hygiene protocols and maintaining strict personal proximity protocols. We have also implemented rotational shifts to split staff groups and ensure business continuity. Where possible, certain departments have switched to teleworking, meetings are being held through video calls and all non-essential business travel has been suspended.
We are engaging our staff to address their concerns and to adapt our operating protocols as best as we can. Some of these measures affect the way we interact with our customers and partners, such as mandatory sign-in upon arrival at our site, making use of electronic communications instead of paper exchanges and ensuring a rapid entry and departure after operations.
We continue to update these measures as resources and information become available. Operational updates will be shared promptly through email, social media and our website. Should you have specific questions about our services, please email [email protected].
We are confident that working together to implement health measures and caring for each other, we will get through this challenging time.
CEO, Ashcroft Terminal