Be­tween a rock and a hard place

Bay Roberts coun­cil awaits court de­ci­sion in long-stand­ing land dis­pute

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are also avail­able at the town hall. • Day­care cen­tre ap­proved: A mo­tion by Coun. Mercer, sec­onded by Coun. Yet­man to ap­prove an ap­pli­ca­tion for a day care cen­tre at 14 Bay Shore Es­tates was ap­proved.

How­ever, the mo­tion did not pass with­out some de­bate over some is­sues and con­cerns that had been raised. Ap­par­ently, the con­cerns had more to do with com­pe­ti­tion than land use.

“It’s not for us to say who can sur­vive or not sur­vive,” said Coun. Ger­ald Green­land. Lit­tle­john agreed. But Coun. Bill Sey­mour wasn’t con­vinced coun­cil should be ap­prov­ing ev­ery busi­ness ap­pli­ca­tion it re­ceives.

“If we had 100 ap­pli­ca­tions for car lots, would we ap­prove all of them?” he asked.

“ Why would we not want to pro­mote new busi­ness in our town?” Lit­tle­john re­sponded. “ If all the car lots thought they could cre­ate em­ploy­ment and gen­er­ate busi­ness, the mayor could see noth­ing wrong with that.”

Re­fer­ring to the day­care cen­tre ap­pli­cant, Lit­tle­john noted, “she feels there is an op­por­tu­nity here. When these peo­ple come for­ward … we’ve got to be­lieve they’ve al­ready done their own home­work.”

Be­sides the con­cerns expressed, deputy mayor Philip Wood noted coun­cil had also re­ceived a pe­ti­tion in favour of the ap­pli­ca­tion.

In mak­ing his mo­tion, Mercer sug­gested, “we don’t con­sider these (com­pe­ti­tion) is­sues when ap­prov­ing new busi­nesses.” • At­ten­dance: Mayor Glenn Lit­tle­john, deputy mayor Philip Wood, and coun­cil­lors Clarence G. Mercer, Ger­ald Green­land, Wal­ter Yet­man, Melvin Walsh and Bill Sey­mour.

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