Re: “Public will be consulted on biosolids centre,” March 28.
On March 28, 2013, Denise Blackwell of the Capital Regional District stated that the public will be consulted on the biosolids centre. What consultation happened before $17 million of taxpayers’ money was spent on the purchase of this land? When exactly does the CRD propose to consult on this? Consultation after decision-making is not consultation — it is lip service.
There is no way to back out of this land deal if the site is not ultimately used, and the money to pay for this land is not in the shared funding formula; it all comes out of the collective pockets of CRD residents. Did anyone at the CRD stop to ask the public or affected communities whether this proposal was supported or even made sense in this residential neighbourhood?
The CRD has now spent more than $40 million of our money and taken seven years of planning to come up with this sewage plan. And what kind of plan is this? A parcel of land at McLoughlin Point that is too small, and the choice between a heavy industrial site 18 km away for sewage sludge management or a residential neighbourhood with schools, parks and businesses.
Legitimate public criticism over pumping sludge to the Hartland landfill has resulted in an even more ridiculous plan. Is this a diversion tactic so the public won’t see how bad this sewage plan really is?
Are these really the choices we have paid $40 million for?
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