Charlottetown resident tired of her house being a target for cars
A Charlottetown resident is tired of her house being struck by vehicles.
Terri Jane Taylor, who lives at the corner of Kensington Road and Belmont Street, said Monday the City of Charlottetown needs to do something to improve safety at the intersection.
It’s an intersection that links to Park Street and acts as a busy thoroughfare between Riverside Drive and Belmont Street.
A contractor was at the house on Monday continuing repairs to the home. The home has been in the family for more than 30 years, and this is the fourth time it’s been struck by a vehicle.
Taylor said the most recent incident took place around 3 p.m. on Sept. 13 when a car travelling on Park Street went through the stop sign and straight into Taylor’s living room. She wasn’t home at the time, but her son was.
“Our young son was dogsitting … and he went into the kitchen and the dog followed him and the car came into the corner (of the house) where they had been sitting,’’ Taylor said. “(The car) hit the load-bearing corner so it actually moved the house. There were several rooms that had to be redone so there are cracks everywhere through the house.’’
Taylor and her husband were returning from Newfoundland and Labrador at the time. They got home hours after the collision to find significant damage to the house.
“There was a hole in the wall. You could see outside,’’ she said, adding that a property restoration company was quick to arrive and place plastic and loose insulation on the house to cover the hole. “The impact actually knocked one of the wooden doors off the bedroom (inside the house).’’
While insurance will cover the damage made to the exterior of the house by the car, the family has spent $75,000 on repairs to other parts of the home.
Taylor said the city had put up a concrete bollard just outside their home a few years back, but it kept getting hit by vehicles, to the point where it had bent to a 45-angle and became a hangout for youth in the area. The city came back and removed it.
Coun. Terry MacLeod, who represents the area on council, said the corner was never designed to handle the amount of traffic converging on Kensington Road from Belmont Street and Park Street.
MacLeod recently brought Taylor’s concerns to a meeting of the public works committee, which he chairs.
Taylor said one idea might be to place sandstone boulders in front of their house to offer some protection.