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No surprises at REM meeting: Thompson

By Eileen Argyris


Thursday’s statutory meeting on Entech-REM's proposed gasification plant held no surprises for Port Hope Mayor Linda Thompson.

The outstanding turnout, more than 300 members of the public, was expected, she said.

“We have a community that is very well-informed,” she told Northumberland Today, adding that presentations by the public contained “very detailed information.”

She said she had taken numerous notes.

Regarding a recommendation by director of municipal planning Ron Warne that council approve an official plan amendment and zoning change requested by Entech-REM for a proposed gasification/incineration facility in Wesleyville, the mayor said, “Council can’t dictate (to the planner) his professional opinion. Most of the time, council accepts staff recommendations, but not always.”

In the end, said the mayor, the issue comes down to “social licence” - in other words, it is more than clear that the majority of people in Port Hope do not want the REM incinerator here.

The issue is to come to a vote on Tuesday, July 29. Councillor Greg Burns has proposed a notice of motion that council deny the applications for a zoning change and official plan amendment, contrary to the recommendation by Warne.

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