A proposed $10 million industrial compost facility on Mount Seymour is not sitting well with area MLA Jane Thornthwaite and her constituents. Thornthwaite, who only became aware of the proposal after it was brought to her attention by a concerned constituent, says the project is objectionable on many levels.
Thornthwaite says her office has received numerous calls and emails from constituents who oppose the plant
“As the MLA for North Vancouver – Seymour, I am deeply dissatisfied with the process by which this application has proceeded. It is unacceptable that local MLAs have not been informed of this project that, if approved, could have substantial consequences for North Vancouver residents.”
Vancouver-based Anaconda Systems Ltd. has applied to build the facility on a 2.6-hectare package of Crown land that sits just off the north side of the second switchback on Mount Seymour Road. Since plans for the proposed facility have been made public, Thornthwaite says her office has received numerous calls and emails from constituents who oppose the plant.
“From the large black bear population in the area that could be attracted to the smell, to the potential increase in heavy-duty truck traffic, to the already treacherous road conditions of Mount Seymour in the winter, the list of concerns about this proposed facility runs long,” Thorn-
She has already submitted comments to the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations & Rural Development expressing her opposition to the project and will continue to speak out against it.
“Mount Seymour is an unsuitable location to construct any sort of industrial facility, let alone a disposal facility—the general consensus amongst my constituents is that this facility is a very poor idea,” she says.