Landowner upset by building permit dispute
A woman who owns land in the Bunker-English Hill area of Carbonear is upset by all the upheaval and uncertainty caused by an ongoing dispute between landowners who want to build in the area and the Carbonear Town Council.
Hilda Squibb owns land in the area that could be impacted by any decision of council on the issue.
Squibb raised her concerns at the last public council meeting Nov. 3.
She said she was in the process of having a survey done so she could sell her land.
“I did not know Mr. Bradbury existed until he came to my business in August looking for a roadway... a right-of-way, he needed six feet.” She was referring to Walter Bradbury, who owns land in the area and has been trying to get a permit to build a dwelling house on it since last spring.
“I would like to know what is going on,” Squibb told council.
Squibb said she did have a chance to sell her land, but that’s gone now.
The landowner is upset because she can’t put a FOR SALE sign on it ( land), while everything is up in the air.
“I really don’t think I should have to give my land to anybody,” she told council, adding, “I really don’t know what to do.”
She said she gave Mr. Bradbury a price, “ but I’m not going to give it (land) to anybody.”
“I’d like to know why I should be penalized because of Mr. Bradbury.
Deputy mayor Ches Ash assured Squibb that, “there’s been no decision on that land, and your land will not be taken.”
Later in the meeting the development committee of council recommended the town’s initial rejection of a building permit application, which was subsequently confirmed by an Eastern Newfoundland Regional Appeals Board ruling be upheld.