Letters to the Editor

No consultation for Hartland sewage plant

I’m a resident of Saanich, and have been following the CRD proposal to put a sewage processing plant at Hartland.

Mayor Frank Leonard gave assurances through the media that public consultation would happen, that the CRD plan to put a pipeline to and a major processing plant at Hartland wasn’t a “done deal,” that a rezoning application would need to come before Saanich council.

“I’m making it clear to the CRD, as I would anybody else, council is the last place you go. The first place you go is to the community. In this case that’s the rural Saanich community, the people of Willis Point, and even people in the Highlands should be engaged,” Frank Leonard said in the Saanich News on July 10.

He’s also on local radio clearly saying he would be chairing a meeting “as to changing the land use plan for Hartland” as the stuff being pumped to Hartland isn’t solid, its 98 per cent water according to Albert Sweetnam of the CRD.

Where is the public consultation and community support’ for Hartland?

I’ve been a Saanich taxpayer for 12 years, moderately involved in my community and other than one poorly advertised open house months ago (heard about after the fact from a source other than Saanich) I’ve heard nothing.

Now the CRD is stating that Hartland is confirmed and Mayor Leonard told a media outlet “No surprises here. It doesn’t require our approval” and “They (Hartland) have good operating practices and make the effort to communicate with residents.”

What? I’ve still heard nothing, and live within several kilometres of the dump.

Are you a Saanich resident with genuine concerns or questions, whether for or against?  Please email me at hartland.sludge.dump@outlook.com.

Marsha Henderson




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