It is out of complete frustration that has turned to anger that we send this letter. In the privacy of our own home we are being assaulted, once again, by the owners of a waste processing facility that has been licensed to operate in our neighbourhood.
The smell is continual, unrelenting and stomach turning.
One day last week, the only escape we experienced from this continued assault was during the time my husband and I were in our car in another municipality on errands and during the hours we were asleep.
It is becoming tiresome listening to our municipal elected officials and some members of the public that are not suffering the same repeated assaults, telling us that they understand that it is unpleasant that we are unable to enjoy sitting outside on our patio in the nice weather. It is condescending and insulting.
We have run out of adjectives to describe the experience of continually being violated by the owners of Foundation Organics in every room of our private residence.
It appears that the owners of this facility are quite confident that they will be able to continue operating knowing they are protected by a long list of agencies and bylaws supporting these activities.
Mr. Holman, we are looking to you to assist in directing this issue to a solution, one that will see this and other facilities like it shut down and/or relocated to a more appropriate area.
Many have suggested a garbage dump that already exists in Saanich that has infrastructure in place.
Should this not happen and our municipal elected officials and Capital Regional District continue to award permission to more and more private waste processing businesses that thumb their noses at the governing bodies, we, and I’m sure many of our neighbours, will look forward to a significant reduction in our property taxes.
Hopefully lowered property tax rates would accurately reflect the significant reduction in the quality of life we are now experiencing here.
K & D Long