Amid concerns from John Black Road area residents
AMHERST – Residents along the John Black Road are breathing easy after the proponent of a possible grain-drying operation withdrew his application.
“We’re not against development, and we hope he is successful in setting up his business, but this location just isn’t the right fit,” Sean Cheverie said Tuesday. “We’re very happy with his decision to move it away from one of the more densely populated areas in the county and the golf club.”
A Prince Edward Island farmer was considering placing the grain-drying operation on the John Black Road near the top of the d’Orsay Road. The farmer normally ships the grain from Amherst to Prince Edward Island where it is dried before going to market.
Steven Ellis of S&J Potatoes was hoping to set up the grain-drying operation near Amherst to cut down on transportation costs.
Henneberry said the company leases a lot of land in the county and employs quite a few people. She’s optimistic another location can be found for the company.
Cheverie and other residents in the d’Orsay Road and Fox Ranch Road areas were circulating a petition that they planned to present to Cumberland municipal council asking it to stop the project.
The county’s director of development Penny Henneberry said the applicant contacted her to inform her he had decided against proceeding.
“He said that he had talked to a number of residents and decided to withdraw and look for another location in the county,” Henneberry said.
Henneberry said she will work with the developer to find another location where the zoning allows for such a project. She said the project would likely be located away from residential development.
“It would less stress for him and everyone involved,” she said.
Cheverie said it was never the residents’ attention to kill the project and he is hoping the project moves forward. He said the project as proposed would have impacted property values and the health of neighbours.
“The biggest issue is the noise and dust it would produce,” Cheverie said. “If successful, our fear was that it would expand and would be running 24-7 during the harvest season. It’s a good project for the county, just not next to a subdivision.”