Resident hopes to launch North End Neighborhood Association

In the hope of keeping people better informed and discussing issues of interest, a Gifford Road resident hopes to establish a North End Neighborhood Association.

To that end, Jim Coyne has scheduled an organizational meeting  for Sunday, March 3, at 1 p.m. in the American Legion Hall, 429 Sanford Road.

The purpose of the meeting is to determine if there is a desire to form such an association, Mr. Coyne said. The intent would to keep people “informed regarding activity in this area as to development and governmental regulations.”

Although the name is ‘North End,’ “the meeting is open to all Westport residents. We home to establish a communication process in order to be aware of any changes in the area.”

Mr. Coyne said he goes in with no agenda and has no wish to pit one part of town against another,

“The intention is not to be in competition with any part of town. Everyone is welcome — north, east, west and south.” If it were to become confrontational, Mr. Coyne said he would have no wish to become involved. It is not, he added, an attempt to compete with the Westport Point Neighborhood Association, as some have suggested.

Mr. Coyne said he is not sure what defines ‘north end.’ “Is it north of (Route) 177? Who knows.” But he guesses that some people who live in other parts of town may be interested in what is going on “up north” for business reasons, family ties — “you name it.”

The group will not be political, he said, and “won’t be taken over by any group or politicians.”

He said he was inspired to gauge interest in a North End Neighborhood Association after hearing people say again and again that they were unaware of things happening that might impact them — for instance the Science and Technology Overlay District.

Mr. Coyne said he doesn’t buy the argument that the north end doesn’t get the attention it deserves, noting that two members of the present Board of Selectmen live in the north end and there have sometimes been more (he once served on the board). But he noted that “of maybe 2,900 voters” who live north of 177, “maybe 37 of them go to Town Meeting.”

“All I’m saying is, let’s get together, talk about things, share some information and find out what interests and concerns people.”

Anyone who is unable to attend the March 3 meeting but who has ideas on how the association might work and any possible goals can contact Mr. Coyle at 508-958-7056 or jwcjr286@yahoo.com

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