Set­tling the dust

Charlottetown res­i­dent wants in­dus­trial lot cleaned up

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - FRONT PAGE - BY JIM DAY jim.day@the­guardian.pe.ca Twit­ter.com/GuardianJimDay

Vaughan Davies is kick­ing up some dust over his neigh­bour in Charlottetown.

Davies clearly puts a pre­mium on tidiness.

His prop­erty on Esher Street is metic­u­lously man­i­cured.

The two-storey home he has lived in since 2005 is also im­pec­ca­bly well kept.

So when the dust flies from a neigh­bour­ing prop­erty – a reg­u­lar oc­cur­rence, he says – Davies is left wip­ing dust off win­dowsills and his pic­nic ta­ble.

“It just af­fects your qual­ity of life and the clean­li­ness of your prop­erty,’’ he notes.

“I like a nice look­ing prop­erty.’’

He also finds the prop­erty, which is zoned in­dus­trial, to be at times an eye­sore.

He calls the lot, lo­cated at the cor­ner of Long­worth Av­enue and Esher Street, an open pit dump.

Pieces of steel rail­ing, asphalt, pa­pers — “just garbage of ev­ery sort that you can imag­ine’’ — gets piled on the lot, he says.

Charlottetown Coun. Terry MacLeod says Davies has a le­git­i­mate gripe.

“He does have a point,’’ says MacLeod.

“Any time a res­i­dent takes care of their prop­erty, that is some­thing the coun­cil en­cour­ages. Un­for­tu­nately, Mr. Davies is liv­ing next to a prop­erty that is zoned in­dus­trial.’’

MacLeod says the prop­erty own­ers — Kevin Mur­phy and Mike Cas­sidy — are not break­ing any by­laws. How­ever, the coun­cil­lor says he is work­ing with them to keep the lot clean.

“It’s a pretty gen­eral pur­pose piece of prop­erty,’’ says MacLeod, not­ing it is used for stor­ing buses, pal­lets and trail­ers among other items. “We’re on them.’’ Shane Arse­nault, who is in charge of main­te­nance for Mur­phy Hos­pi­tal­ity Group, con­cedes work needs to be done.

“We have to do a mas­sive cleanup now,’’ he says.

“There’s stuff along the fence that we have to clean up.’’

How­ever, Arse­nault is not sure what can be done to stop the dust from fly­ing.

“It’s just an in­dus­trial lot,’’ he says.

Davies has never taken his com­plaints di­rectly to the prop­erty own­ers.

MacLeod sug­gests it might be worth­while to sit the two sides down to­gether in an at­tempt to reach a sat­is­fac­tory so­lu­tion.

“I know the Mur­phys (and Cas­sidy) are in­ter­ested in be­ing good neigh­bours,’’ he says.

JIM DAY/THE GUARDIAN

Charlottetown res­i­dent Vaughan Davies stands in front of prop­erty zoned in­dus­trial that he con­sid­ers an eye­sore and the source of plenty of dust that blows on to his prop­erty.

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