Frank Stanford's comment on the possibility of a West Shore site

CFAX 1070
Sep 24, 2010
http://www.cfax1070.com/newsstory.php?newsId=15327

DEBATE AROUND THE CAPITAL REGIONAL DISTRICT BOARD TABLE THIS WEEK UNDERSCORED JUST HOW FAR AWAY WE REALLY ARE FROM A REASONABLE DECISION ON SEWAGE TREATMENT.

YOU WILL HAVE HEARD IN THE NEWS THAT THERE IS APPARENTLY STILL SOME POSSIBILITY... THEY’VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT IT BEHIND CLOSED DOORS ALL ALONG... OF PUTTING A TREATMENT PLANT SOMEPLACE ON THE WESTSHORE INSTEAD OF ON MCLOUGHLIN POINT IN ESQUIMALT.

THAT WOULD CERTAINLY MAKE ESQUIMALT HAPPY. IT COULD, IF THE DEAL IS RIGHT, MAKE COLWOOD HAPPY... WHICH IS QUITE AN ABOUT FACE FROM THE FACE THAT WAS PUT ON THIS SCHEME BACK AT THE BEGINNING. THE WESTSHORE MUNICIPALITIES HOWLED IN OUTRAGE AT THE VERY SUGGESTION THAT THE SIMPLEST AND BEST WAY TO HANDLE THE PROBLEM WAS TO BUILD A SINGLE LARGE PLANT, PROBABLY IN ROYAL BAY, RATHER THAN SEVERAL SMALLER ONES SCATTERRED THROUGHOUT THE REGION. NOW COLWOOD SEES IT AS AN OPPORTUNITY TO COLLECT SOME MONEY FROM THE REST OF THE REGION.

ASIDE FROM ALL THESE LOCAL SPECIAL INTERESTS ...WHAT’S BEST FOR THE REGION?

IT WAS GRAHAM HILL... THE VIEW ROYAL MAYOR WHO’S KNOWN FOR FAR-SIGHTEDNESS... WHO ARGUED THE WESTSHORE OPTION SHOULD BE PURSUED EVEN IF IT IS MORE EXPENSIVE TODAY... BECAUSE IT’S THE ONLY WAY TO HAVE ROOM TO EXPAND IN FUTURE. WHERE WILL WE BE, HE WONDERED, IF WE SPEND ALL THESE YEARS ARGUING ABOUT TREATMENT, THEN FIVE YEARS TO BUILD IT, ONLY TO COME UP WITH A SOLUTION THAT’LL HAVE TO BE RE-VISITED LESS THAN TEN YEARS AFTER THE FIRST FLUSH ANYWAY?

IF WE CAN’T SEE FURTHER DOWN THE ROAD THAN THAT, THEN WHAT ON EARTH ARE WE DOING?

THIS IS FRANK STANFORD