by Gord Whitehead, Middlesex Banner
NORTH MIDDLESEX – Council has authorized its municipal planner to assist in negotiating permanent neighbourhood protection from the massive hydro transformer and switching station immediately southwest of the hamlet of Nairn.
Calling commercial wind farm developer NextEra Energy’s Parkhill and Evergreen substations a ‘monster rising out of the ground” and a ‘100-acre spaceport’, adjacent property owner Clyde Walton is aiming for a site plan agreement to be registered on title. The beleaguered neighbour says NextEra’s Ben Greenhouse has been open to discussion but Walton is concerned that Greenhouse will be leaving to supervise other projects, those left behind will be unaware of promised safeguards and that NextEra could eventually find another owner for the operation.
North Middlesex Planner Barb Rosser, Mayor Don Shipway and Chief Building Official (CBO) Vic Stellingwerff have joined Nairn area neighbours in a series of discussions with Greenhouse about the substations’ construction explosions, powerful lighting that shines outward and the need for buffering, fencing and control of runoff drainage. Read article