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Gravel pit an election issue in Brant


September 30, 2014
By Rock to Road

September 30, 2014, Paris, Ont. – The contentious issue of
gravel pits in the southern Ontario community of Paris has provided a great
deal of fodder for municipal election candidates in the community.

September 30, 2014, Paris, Ont. – The contentious issue of
gravel pits in the southern Ontario community of Paris has provided a great
deal of fodder for municipal election candidates in the community.

 

According to a report from The Expositor in Brantford, a
community group opposing a pit application from Dufferin Aggregates on farmland
north of the community has made sure that the issue has been brought forward at
all all-candidates meetings and debates.

 

The group, known as the Concerned Citizens of Brant, has
been fighting Dufferin Aggregates for years over the proposed pit, citing
concerns with water supply, extraction below the water table, and the impact on
community roads. Dufferin has worked diligently to resolve the group’s concerns,
but to no avail.

 

Current County of Brant Mayor Ron Eddy, who is seeking
re-election, has been in opposition to the pit ever since Dufferin was
activating the license more than two years ago. The original license for the
pit was obtained in 1976. One of Eddy’s opponents, Roy Haggert, stated in the
article that he wished municipalities had more control over aggregate
regulations. The third candidate running, Shawn Pratt, believes that the pit is
inevitable, and that Dufferin has a solid operational track record based on the
other gravel pits they operate.

 

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