Quid pro quo?

Dear Editor:

The Aspen McCullough Alliance will be fighting to keep the proposed Halton Crushed Stone (HCS) pit from encroaching on their back yards on Oct. 16 to 18 at the tribunal being held at the Town of Erin hall.

The Town of Erin and HCS want to ignore the 300m setback called for in the 2014 OPA-81, Section 6.6.1. The Alliance believes that this reasonable request of a setback from the hamlet of BelErin Estates will benefit every resident in Erin.

The setback from the subdivision will help to avoid the pit from being the first thing that residents and visitors see as they enter our beautiful village.

Previous Erin officials have stated that there is no place for a gravel pit next to residences. The residents have fully cooperated with the impact studies and made many requests to improve the social and environmental impacts of the pit’s operation, all of which have been denied by the HCS and the Town of Erin.

The alliance fully believes this is a classic example of quid pro quo; the town wants free gravel, so they are willing to bury the residents’ needs and desires under the free gravel they get, and will ignore OPA-81, which requires a 300m buffer zone between any pit operation and residential hamlet.

Ed Delaporte,
The Aspen McCullough Alliance, Eri