It is amazing that the Capital Regional District officials have decided to spend $17 million to buy a piece of land on Viewfield Road in a residential area in Esquimalt for a sludge-treatment plant.
I have just cycled around McLoughlin and Macaulay points. There are many hectares of Department of National Defence land in this area that are unused or underused and are unlikely to be used in the future.
As stated in the editorial, “More pressure should be exerted on the federal government to give up some Department of National Defence land.” It is absurd to have two sewage treatment plants in Esquimalt with connecting pipes when there is land available to built one plant.
The CRD needs to rethink this. If nothing else, in the spirit of good neighbours, the DND should be actively assisting in solving this regional problem. The present plan is a bad one.
Any contract can be renegotiated.
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