Landowner up­set by build­ing per­mit dis­pute

The Compass - - new - BY BILL BOW­MAN

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.

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