Caledon Enterprise, 14 February 2014 – Who wants to stop the Melville pit?

By Sam Asher/CAMP

Dear Editor:

Despite overwhelming opposition from the community, the Town of Caledon Council has voted to make way for the Melville Pit, to be located between Porterfield and Willoughby Roads, just south of Dufferin County Road 109. The Melville Pit will be one of the largest gravel pits in Caledon.

On Jan. 9, Caledon residents appealed that decision to the Ontario Municipal Board.

The fight is not yet over and can still be won. It is time for us to take our community back before itʼs too late. It is time for us to say “NO!” to more gravel pits close to residential areas, schools, and local towns. When gravel takes priority over the security of our water supply, over the public health hazard of breathing in silica, over the right to enjoy peace and quiet on our properties, things have gone too far.

Citizens Against the Melville Pit (C.A.M.P.) will be hosting two Town Hall Meetings to inform and update local Caledon and Orangeville residents about the impact this pit will have upon our community. We have hired experts to review the reports and we know that this pit will have a huge effect upon our water, air quality, traffic, property values, noise pollution and wildlife.

We urge local residents to get involved and voice concerns by attending one of these “Take Back Our Community” Town Hall Meetings:

Alton Town Hall Meeting, Sunday, Feb. 23, 3 p.m. at Alton Mill, 1402 Queen Street West.

Orangeville Town Hall Meeting, Thursday, Feb. 20, 7 p.m. at Orangeville & District Seniors Centre, 26 Bythia Street, Orangeville.

Tell your neighbours and bring your friends!

The only way we win this appeal is together!

Sam Asher,

C.A.M.P.

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