Residents not impressed by council’s absence
Please allow me space in your paper on behalf of a number of residents of Harbour Grace.
Many residents of the Heritage District of Harbour Grace attended a public hearing on July 23 at 2 p.m. at Harbour Grace. A notice to residents was advertised by the Town of Harbour Grace for the past month regarding a marine industrial expansion (MIE) along the Water Street shoreline of the Heritage District of Harbour Grace.
A number of residents who will be directly impacted by this project took the time from there busy schedules — be it bed and breakfast owners, residents taking time from work, residents with their young children in tow and others — to present thoughtful observations and objections to the project site selection being the entire shoreline of the Heritage District.
They presented to a mediator hired by the town as is procedural I am told for public hearings. Also in attendance were the town plan- ner and the town clerk.
What was glaringly and obviously disappointing was the total absence of any elected official from the Town of Harbour Grace to hear the emotion and concerns of residents.
As elected councillors and thus servants of the residents of the town, one would have expected a level of professional courtesy and respect for those that may have elected you. Not one councillor in attendance. There was plenty of time to schedule or reschedule commitments, work being an ex- ception of course. Perhaps it would have been more reasonable to schedule this public hearing for 7 p.m., which would have allowed more attendance and exposure of this MIE project to the general public.
Where was the newly formed Harbour Grace heritage committee or any of its members on this matter? After all, the Designated Heritage District of Harbour Grace is already an attraction for tourists and local residents, and needs protection from industrial encroachment. People will not walk down
Water Street to admire another Harvey’s wharf as in St. John’s.
Councillors not being aware of there own public hearing is just not good enough and council’s absence speaks volumes to this project and to the resident taxpayers and investors of the Heritage District.
As elected councillors and thus servants of the residents of the town, one would have expected a level of professional courtesy and respect for those that may have elected you.