More at stake than land

An estimated one quarter of a million cubic feet of topsoil has now been excavated at the corner of Pitt and Stewart Roads

To the Editor:

Soil matters

An estimated one quarter of a million cubic feet of topsoil has now been excavated at the corner of Pitt and Stewart Roads in Cawston.

Most of this soil has been trucked to, and is now stockpiled at a property two kilometres south of Cawston. The gravel needed for foundation material has been brought back to the site from this location to replace the

replace the topsoil.

Astonishingly, the ALC’s approval of the Cawston Cold Storage project placed no conditions on the removal of the soil.

What does someone do with this quantity of soil?

This is land that once fed us. It was farmed for decades by the Newton and Stewart families. More is lost here than the land. A sense of the past when farmers were honest, modest, and thrifty is diminished.

 

Jenny Edlington, Cawston