Heritage Matters
The Industrialization Of Culturally Significant Landscapes.
When one talks about the conservation of heritage, people think of saving buildings.
An equally important element of cultural heritage is the environment of natural and man made landscapes.
It appears that despite a 10 year long battle by the Association To Protect Amherst Islands (APAI) to protect the islands environment and landscape comes down to one last chance to prevent the industrialization of the island.
On January 31st, APAI‟s appeal to stop the industrialization of the island was dismissed at the Divisional Court.

Despite this depressing news that reinforced the draconian legislation created by the Ontario Liberals, there may be a possible silver lining. The whole project now hinges on the proposed mainland dock site!
The proposed site to create the dock and staging ground for the transportation of equipment and supplies is destined to be located at the park land in front of the former Invista Plant.
Although privately owned, the park land has been enjoyed by Loyalist Township residents and thousands of tourists for decades. The site can arguably be defined as an environmental and cultural landscape that is of great importance to the community.

Putting your personal position on wind turbines aside, one has to believe that everyone would agree that the the largest open green space in Loyalist Township on Lake Ontario that abuts a township park deserves protection.
The park is commonly used by as a rest stop, picnic area, playing field and an unofficial dog park.
So let’s get back in the game! On the 31st of January, the MOECC posted an application for a temporary change in the Certificate of Property Use (CPU) for the Invista Lands from “parkland” to “allow temporary use of the private property for construction purposes” for the Windlectric project. The proposed work on the lands south of Bath Road includes the laying of underground cable to transmit electricity to a switching station and temporary use of an existing access road (with minor upgrades) to transport materials to and from a temporary dock to be located at the edge of the property. The posting also says: Put another way, the project cannot proceed without the proposed amendment to the CPU.

As a community, we are near the end of having an accessible waterfront park for our recreational purposes. If people don’t make their voices heard, and they are willing to give up this beautiful lakeside park to industrial use, then Windlectric will have the go ahead – but if people want their Park protected and will fight for it – then they must send letters in by March 2nd and be prepared to come out to a Park Rally.
The APAI Board is developing an action plan and key messages and will need you to bombard MOECC with letters of objection by March 2nd and to mobilize every friend and family member.

Send your letters to:-
Jim Mahoney District Manager (A) Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change Operations Division. Eastern Regional Office Kingston District Office. 1259 Gardiners Road Unit 3 PO Box 22032 Kingston Ontario K7P 3J6
Copying Loyalist Township Council, L&A County Council, the MPP and the Premier would also be beneficial.

In the meantime if you are or know an environmental engineer who may be able to assist in the review of the application, please let APAI know (protectai@kos.net).
The MOECC notice and comment submission section is available at the attached link:

https://www.ebr.gov.on.ca/ERS-WEB-External/displaynoticecontent.do?noticeId=MTMxNjkz&statusId=MTk5NzY3&language=en

This article on the potential to loose the park was in the Kingston Whig Standard:

http://www.thewhig.com/2017/02/01/wind-energy-project-needs-lakeside-park?utm_source=addThis&utm_medium=addthis_button_email&utm_campaign=Wind+energy+project+needs+lakeside+park+%7C+The+Kingston+Whig-Standard#.WJK1SmNKxf1.facebook

3 Comments, RSS

  • Anne Jukes-Hughes

    says on:
    February 5, 2017 at 1:19 pm

    We must do everything we can to keep the public park as is. It is almost the last bit of free natural shore frontage from Kingston to the ferry on route 33. Especially if it prevents any wind turbines on Amhurst Island.Which we already know will interfere with the migration of birds and destroy the physical nature the island and bring health issues to humans and animals.
    There is already more then enough large vehicle road traffic daily,on this route,mostly caused by La Farge and the building of another power plant,that speed through the Main Street of the Historical picturesque,quiet village of Bath.
    Anne Jukes-Hughes

    • Marjorie Meban

      says on:
      February 8, 2017 at 8:23 am

      Our letters and petitions are being ignored. I think we need to get visible and protest on the site. If the press are notified and passersby see signs it may at least make more people aware of the situation.
      Several days would be great. Let’s not lose this last chance!

      Marjorie Meban.

  • David and Sandra Peden

    says on:
    February 12, 2017 at 9:45 pm

    More people do need to be made aware of the situation. By changing the bye-law to accommodate this company a precedent is being set for future companies to demand the same privilege. Our green spaces are disappearing at an alarming rate and to allow this public park to be used as a staging area is a travesty. It would seem that the mayor and counselors are not listening to the people that voted for them and are making changes to benefit themselves.
    In the European Continent, where they have been using wind power for the last ten years,it has been shown that wind power and solar panels are not cost effective.
    It would make more sense to place these unattractive towers in locations distant from residential areas and on land which is unsuitable for farming.

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