The members of Concerned Citizens of Brant are writing this letter in response to articles regarding new aggregate pits proposed for Brant and articles indicating water restrictions and the possible loss of crops.
We are a grassroots group that organized when we learned that there was to be a new pit opened on Watts Pond Road.
Although we are not against aggregate, we do oppose any aggregate operation that could affect our water and environment in the County of Brant. We would like to address comments made by Coun. Robert Chambers and Mayor Ron Eddy.
Coun. Chambers stated that “we have to recognize that the County of Brant is both blessed and cursed with aggregate resources” and goes on to say that we have to “deal with each with due diligence” and “we have to protect our citizens.”
Mayor Eddy says “what can we do?”
We at Concerned Citizens of Brant have made many requests of the county on ways in which to ensure that the “citizens are protected,” the latest being the request for an independent hydro geological study which in theory they agreed to provide.
They then proceeded to hire a firm that is not independent. When we again requested an independent study, we were denied any help in paying for this study.
We keep hearing the same excuses from both the council and the provincial government: “Our hands are tied.”
Well, somebody better cut the ropes before we end up with a serious water issue.
Our top eight questions remain the same and are as follows:
1. Why will the county not pay for a study that will clearly spell out the risks to our water?
2. Why does the county have to negotiate upgrading county roads so that the aggregate companies can make a profit while we the taxpayers pay the money for the upgrades?
3. Why does the county not take a stronger stance with the government in regards to the safety of our water?
4. Why are we allowing aggregate companies to put our water at risk?
5. Why will the Ministry of Natural Resources not meet with members of Concerned Citizens of Brant?
6. Why is MPP Dave Levac not taking these issues more seriously?
7. Why are the County of Brant and provincial government not concerned with the loss of farmland, water and a safe environment? How is this “protecting the citizens?”
8. Why is the County of Brant not concerned that we are changing this from the “prettiest town in Ontario” to “Paris: Town of the Pits.”
If everyone is as concerned as we are, please join us. Go to our website, www.ccob.ca, and become a member and help protect our community.
Sandra Parsons, Concerned Citizens of Brant