Anyone in Nova Scotia knows Peggy’s Cove is a precious landmark that residents are really sensitive about. But somehow, a local church missed the memo.
St. John’s Church recently decided it was going to tear down an old community hall near the iconic lighthouse landmark, saying it was a safety hazard and “a bit of an eyesore.” But when the demolition was completed, it became pretty apparent that not all residents agreed.
“One comment said that ‘we’d rather see the church demolished,'” Rev. Canon Andrew Cooke said, referencing some of the letters he’s received recently.
People are angry because they want to see the cove preserved and protected, and some believe that tearing down the building changed the entire landscape of the community.
“I realize we have to advance or society, but a feeling there’s too many loose ends when it comes to the protection of our heritage – particularly in the cove,” local resident Robert Galbraith said.
It’s not just members of the community that are up in arms though, the church has also caught the ire of the city’s government; officials recently opened up an investigation into the demolition.
“No demolition permits were issued for structures located at the church or community hall address. A file has now been opened in relation to work undertaken at this property,” said city administrators in a statement.
Needless to say, this is going to get way uglier than that old community hall. You can learn more about the demolition in the video above.