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Concerned Residents Coalition to hold first community meeting since Hidden Quarry decision

This will be a chance for the CRC to explain what the decision means and for the public to share their thoughts
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Outside the Guelph/Eramosa Township offices near Brucedale during the Local Planning Appeals Tribunal. Kenneth Armstrong/GuelphToday file photo

The Concerned Residents Coalition (CRC) is giving residents a chance to respond to the Local Planning Appeals Tribunal (LPAT) decision to approve the Hidden Quarry site.

A community meeting will be held on March 12 at the Eden Mills Community Hall at 7 p.m. CRC member Linda Sword said this is the first time the community has gathered since the decision was announced. Members of the CRC board will explain to residents what the decision means, what the assumptions are and the conditions that are required to be met. 

“It will also give people in the community a chance to talk and express their emotions because they’re very strong,” Sword said. “People need to get together and just share their feelings about this decision.”

The press release further argues the CRC’s position that the LPAT’s decision is a poor one because the chair of the tribunal’s solution to quarry risks is to impose a monitoring system at the operator’s expense.

“The problem with that approach is that the so-called robust monitoring system simply sets the stage for the operator to try to evade responsibilities and costs, especially as time goes on and the operator thinks fewer people are watching,” the press release states. 

According to a press release, for seven years more than 1,400 residents from Guelph/Eramosa, Rockwood, Halton Hills and MIlton have raised more than $800,000 for the legal and consulting fees in opposition to the quarry.

Event details: 

Thursday, March 12 

7 p.m. (Doors at 6:30) 

Eden Mills Community Hall

104 York St., Eden Mills