Aug 10 2002
‘Crying to be heard’

By Steven Addison
John Dunne wants White Rock’s works yard out of his neighbourhood, and he’s hit the street to muster support.
The retired contractor claims to have more than 100 signatures from people objecting to construction of a $1.4 million office at the Keil Street site, who want the yard moved out of their neighbourhood, and out of the city.
Dunne, who lives on Marine Drive, went door knocking on all sides of the site, and said just 12 people declined to sign his
The works yard, wedged between Marine Drive and Columbia Avenue, was once a sewage treatment plant and waste transfer station.
An environmental assessment in January 2001 found garbage stockpiled under the land made the soil unsuitable for residential and commercial use, although ideal for industrial use.
Coun. James Coleridge is encouraged with Dunne’s grassroots quest.
“He asked me what he should do and I said the neighbourhood has to make a statement,” Coleridge said.
“There are voices crying out to be heard.”

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