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British Settlement residents raise concerns over another potential quarry in their community

The possibility of another rock quarry being established in the British Settlement area is prompting concerns from residents, who have organized a meeting for Wednesday night to discuss the issue. Shown in the distance of this photo is the already-existing quarry.
The possibility of another rock quarry being established in the British Settlement area is prompting concerns from residents, who have organized a meeting for Wednesday night to discuss the issue. Shown in the distance of this photo is the already-existing quarry. - Contributed

Public meeting being held Wednesday evening to discuss issue

BRITISH SETTLEMENT, N.B. —

Concerned residents of the British Settlement and Westcock area are raising the alarm bells over another quarry potentially being established in their community.

The group of residents, in conjunction with the newly-formed LSD advisory committee for that area, are holding an emergency meeting tomorrow night (Wednesday, March 20) at 7 p.m. at St. Ann’s Church to discuss the proposed second quarry which, if approved, would be located in proximity to the existing one which has been in operation for many years.

Jackie Johnson, a member of the LSD advisory committee, said residents of that area have already been dealing with periodic blasting, along with heavy truck and equipment traffic, from the already-established quarry. Many, she said, have been impacted by having to make repairs to the foundations of their homes and to have new wells drilled as a result of the blasting.

“Understandably, they are worried and very concerned that this potential second quarry, which will be just up the road from the one already operating, will certainly exacerbate their already ongoing issues,” she said. “This will surely impact property values, have more increased truck and heavy equipment traffic, potential well and foundation issues along with many health implications due to dust and compromised air quality.”

The residents are also in the midst of circulating a petition, requesting that the construction company that is seeking a permit to access the right of way for a rock quarry they have a pending permit for be denied.

Anyone who wishes to learn more about the quarry and its effects are welcomed to attend.

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