To the editor,
If there ever was a time to unite in Pictou County to develop a strong heritage strategy, it is now. The recent destruction of the MacLellan Stone House in Blue Acres and Mortimer House in Pictou offer prime examples why merging, strengthening, improving and communicating the existing Municipal Heritage Property Act may have saved these valued heritage properties.
The recent emotional outcry, by Pictou County citizens and beyond, over the loss of these two historically significant buildings may be a sign that something has to be done in future. More Pictou County heritage buildings and properties will be faced with the possibility of obliteration.
The reality is, to protect, save and develop heritage properties is very time consuming and very costly. However, that is not to say that heritage buildings and properties cannot be saved. Establishing a strong, united Heritage Properties Act and working with private landowners, governments, heritage organizations and Pictou County citizens will ensure the respect and dignity that our culture and heritage deserves.