Streatch unaware of asphalt plant approval beforehand

FALL RIVER: The local councillor had no previous communication as to a decision staff with the Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) had made regarding an asphalt plant and concrete plant at the proposed Fall River Quarry site.

Some in the community and on the Stop the Fall River Quarry Facebook page have hinted on Social Media that councillor Steve Streatch must have known before the official announcement about the decision.

According to HRM staff, they issued approval for a development permit to Scotian Materials for the asphalt plant on March 9, as reported online on The Laker’s website in a previous story posted July 4.

HRM spokesman Brendan Elliott said Streatch, the Waverley-Fall River-Musquodoboit Valley representative, found out by email.

The first time we would have communicated the decision to the councillor would have been via email on the afternoon of June 28,” said Elliott on July 6 in response to The Laker’s query whether the councillor knew before June 28 of the decision. “There is no formal process by which elected officials, the public, or any interested party are notified of a decision made pursuant to as-of-right development applications.”