Letters: Dump site in wrong location

Resident in area of dump feels it is attracting rats and seagulls

With regards to the notice in the Sooke News Mirror, Sept. 11, 2013: Exclusion application regarding land in the ALR, located at 2309 Sooke River Road.

I doubt if a more inappropriate site could be found for yet another transfer site (city dump). Since we already have one one-half mile away on Marilyn Road off Sooke River Road.

This site has the soccer and baseball field on one side, the Girl Guide camp across the road, two trailer parks for seniors, the back end of which puts some of these dwellings within 250 yards or less of the dump.

Many trees have been cut and there are large slash piles which when lit will burn for weeks, if not months.

We have already had to deal with noise and dust since earlier this year from trucks making roads on ground that is pretty much wetland and bog in winter, dust in summer.

There are piles of cement blocks, machinery and who know what, the place looks like a dump already.

The creek that runs through the property already looks damaged due to moving the property line, there was backup flooding in that area last winter.

This is, or was, habitat for ospreys, hawks, owls, bears, deer, the odd cougar and last but not least the frogs which had just started to return, but will likely vanish completely. Our rat population has already increased and the seagulls are sure to join them. If the bears increase and become troublesome they will likely end up as dead bears.

The entrance to this site is located on the worst corner of Sooke River Road, an accident waiting to happen, especially on weekends of soccer or baseball games, also heavy Pothole traffic all summer adds to the hazard.

Margaret Mufford

Sooke