11/9/2017 7:41:15 AM

The Province is having issues with the Long Point Region Conservation Authority, but their chair doesn't see what all the fuss is about.

In a letter sent to the LPRCA, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry along with the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing were expressing concerns regarding permits issued for Hastings Drive properties and how they go against the Provincial policy statement.

It states how the lands are subject to a number of natural hazards, contains provincially significant wetlands, and contains federal and provincial species at risk.

Chair Noel Haydt, who is a Norfolk County councillor, says they have only permitted landowners to put up shoreline protection, and he sees nothing wrong with that.

    To make matters worse, Haydt feels the letter in question should not have been brought up in public.

    At Town Hall, Councillor Peter Black put forth motions regarding Hastings Drive in response to this letter.

Black's motions deal directly with the letter asking that the four appointment Norfolk County Councillors who sit on the LRCPA board respond to it, explaining why they were part of approvals that went against provincial policy and request that they continue to represent the county by following the provincial guidelines.

Black maintains the letter was sent to Norfolk County, thus making it available for public knowledge.    

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