By Lisa Gervais, Lindsay Post
– The Settlers Landing and Snowy Ridge wind park meeting has been shifted to Rolling Hills Public School.
Andrea McDowell, project manager for M.K. Ince and Associates confirmed the venue change on Friday.
As previously reported by The Post, it had originally been scheduled for the Little Britain Community Centre setting off a hue and cry from Pontypool-area residents who said it was too far to drive. They were also not happy it was scheduled the same night as a wind turbine meeting in Millbrook.
McDowell declined comment on the circumstances of the venue change, saying “I guess we hope that people come out. We are looking forward to talking to the local community about the project.
The meeting is still set for Thursday, Sept. 30. Ward 16 Coun. David Marsh had been in talks with Energy Farming Ontario Inc. last week about a possible change of venue.
Local MP Rick Johnson said he had also spoken with Doris Dumais, the director, approval program, for the Environmental Assessment and Approvals Branch. He said the process is clearly defined and if a company “starts stretching the process” he has a problem with that.
“So, I’m glad Doris was able to work with the parties from the wind farm company to get a more suitable location and I hope people will give the process a chance to work,” he said.
Manvers Gone With the Wind’s Heather Stauble said “it’s definitely good it is back in the area.” However, she would prefer the Pontypool meeting not clash with Millbrook, saying people living between the two areas had wanted to attend both.