Clover Point off, McLoughlin Point and Rock Bay on short list of potential locations.
And then there were two.
Today, the panel overseeing Greater Victoria’s sewage treatment plan released its short list of locations.
Victoria’s Rock Bay and Esquimalt’s McLoughlin Point are the two contenders.
The final decision will be made in September, but residents of Clover Point are celebrating.
Mary Griffin reports.
It is clear, and visible.
From the start, residents of Victoria’s Clover Point fought the idea of a sewage treatment plant located in front of their homes.
“That’s the best news I’ve had in months.
Thanks for the bearer of good news.”
News that Clover Point is off the list as an option as a sewage treatment plant is filtering through.
“It’s our most beautiful part of Victoria.
So, I think it’s wonderful it’s off the list.”
“OK, those opposed please.”
Earlier this year, the CRD voted for a dual plant option, at Clover Point and either McLoughlin or Macaulay Points in Esquimalt.
But the process stalled again, until the Minister of Community, Sport and Culture, Peter Fassbender, stepped in.
“We did want to do today is to say today is ‘can we help?'”
So the province appointed an expert panel to take over the project planning.
Today, it released its short list of locations.
The short list of options for the wastewater treatment facility is:
• A single plant at Victoria’s Rock Bay.
• A single plant in Esquimalt at McLoughlin Point.
• Two plants; one at Rock Bay and one at McLoughlin Point.
Project panel chair Jane Bird says what’s news is the release of the short list of locations.
“We’ve come up with a short list of sites and we’re sharing that today.
And from that short list we will make our recommendation.”
Esquimalt’s mayor Barb Desjardins says more work needs to be done.
“With respect to McLoughlin, this needs to come back to Esquimalt council, and certainly we’ll hear from our residents.”
Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps says it’s good news for local residents.
“My reaction on the first count is that think the residents of Fairfield will be happy to see Clover Point no longer on the list.”
Today, residents of Clover Point can celebrate.
“That’s really good news, I hadn’t heard that.”
“It’s happy news if that’s the way it goes, we can protect our park for all of Victorians and all of the tourists and visitors alike.
So, it’s great.”
“Very good news.
You’ve made my day.”