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Inquiry demanded as proposed South Cowichan ECO Depot rejected by voters

Nov 21 2011

Opponents of the Cowichan Valley Regional District’s proposed ECO Depot called upon B.C. Community Minister Ida Chong Sunday to launch an inquiry into the “fiasco” in the wake of the proposal’s sound defeat in a referendum held in conjunction with Saturday’s municipal elections.

Roughly two-thirds of South Cowichan voters rejected the CVRD’s plans for a drop-off centre on the controversial site, where area residents would have been encouraged to dispose of 35 common recyclable household items as well as residential waste.

A statement issued Sunday by the “Vote No EcoDepot” group, which successfully opposed the plan for a depot on 2.5 acres of a 22-acre property on Cameron Taggart Road, also called for “the release of all secret information that the CVRD has hidden from the public, including the offer of free Crown land from the B.C. government south of Mill Bay.”

In the statement, Vote No co-ordinator Bill Dumont said: “The poll results just confirm what we have been telling the CVRD since June 2010 that the community was against this industrial facility on forest and farmland, especially as we have two private facilities nearby.”

Leading up to the vote, the CVRD argued that the Cameron Taggart site “beat out 11 short-listed locations in a rigorous comparison of costs, user convenience, zoning, traffic, and environmental impact.”

South Cowichan comprises the Mill Bay/Malahat, Cobble Hill and Shawnigan Lake regions.

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