Vic­to­ria res­i­dent dumps on town coun­cil

The Compass - - OPINION -

With all of the il­le­gal dump­ing go­ing on these days, one would think of­fer­ing a con­ve­nient al­ter­na­tive for people to dis­pose of metals and ap­pli­ances would be wel­comed by any town.

Un­for­tu­nately, that is not the case in Vic­to­ria with our coun­cil.

I own and op­er­ate Clarke’s Sal­vage on Swansea Road in Vic­to­ria.

Af­ter wit­ness­ing so much stuff thrown in our woods and side roads, (I) de­cided to get a steel container placed in my front yard along the Main Road back in Oc­to­ber 2013, as a ser­vice and con­ve­nience to cit­i­zens.

This steel container is be­ing availed of on a reg­u­lar bases. It is con­ve­nient and very clean. Noth­ing is thrown out­side of it, and as soon as it gets filled, we get its con­tents dis­posed of in a proper man­ner.

This is not sit­ting well with our elected town of­fi­cials though. You would think they would en­cour­age some­thing ben­e­fi­cial to the town.

The coun­cil sent me a let­ter back in Fe­bru­ary 2014 telling me I am not al­lowed to have this container where it is lo­cated.

Due to the fact my Sal­vage busi­ness, which is provin­cially li­censed, is on Swansea Road, the container has to be there too.

The scrap­yard has been lo­cated there for 30plus years and I have owned it for 14 of them. But it was not be­ing taken ad­van­tage of by many. It was eas­ier to throw it by the side of the road­way or in the woods, rather than travel up to my scrap­yard.

The road is de­plorable, so I can un­der­stand why.

We did not get the container re­moved.

On Thurs­day, May 8, the coun­cil sent work­ers to ad­vise me that if I did not com­ply with their de­mands by Fri­day May 16, 2014, they will take ac­tion against me.

With to­day’s nu­mer­ous prob­lems of il­le­gal dump­ing go­ing on every­where, I have to won­der why the town coun­cil of Vic­to­ria is so op­posed to a con­ve­nient, clean and suc­cess­ful so­lu­tion to il­le­gal dump­ing in our fair town.

For any of the coun­cil­lors to say the container is an eye­sore, (they should) drive around and look about the town. There are a lot of things that are much worse to see than that. Coun­cil has also said it is get­ting a lot of com­plaints.

Since all of this has come about, I have, and do, on ev­ery op­por­tu­nity told cit­i­zens about the coun­cil’s de­mands. They are as­ton­ished and be­wil­dered as to why.

The res­i­dents all con­sider it an as­set to cut down on dump­ing and a con­ve­nience to all.

It would take up your whole paper to add all the com­ments (I have heard) against our coun­cil by the nu­mer­ous res­i­dents I have told.

But I can tell you that they have been all pos­i­tive for me and neg­a­tive for the coun­cil.

I will close with this state­ment: Don’t bother to try and of­fer any­thing suc­cess­ful, any­thing that works, to im­prove Vic­to­ria. It will not be wel­comed by the coun­cil.

It would take up your whole paper to add all the com­ments (I have heard) against our

coun­cil by the nu­mer­ous res­i­dents I

have told.

— Kate Clarke is the owner of Clarke’s Sal­vage in Vic­to­ria, Con­cep­tion Bay North

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