White Hills Residents cell tower NIMBY

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					Bedford residents say no to cell tower
Halifax Water says site hasn’t yet been chosen
By IAN FAIRCLOUGH Staff Reporter
Mon, Oct 3 - 5:41 AM

                                                                 Four weeks ago, Gordon Hebb saw a sign saying a cellphone tower was proposed

                                                                 for his Hammonds Plains neighbourhood, on land behind his house.

                                                                 Two weeks ago, he received the same notice in the mail, with notification of a

                                                                 public meeting to discuss the proposal scheduled for Oct. 3.

                                                                 Last week, he found the site where the tower is proposed to be erected had been
  Gordon Hebb, centre, and other White Hills subdivision         cleared of trees, surveyed and spray-painted to mark the area where the 43-
  residents are upset about a proposed cellphone tower next
  to their Hammonds Plains neighbourhood. Halifax Water,
  which owns the land in question, says no decision has been
                                                                 metre-tall structure would stand. And that’s not sitting well with him.
  made on the tower’s final location. (Christian Laforce / The

                                                                 "It’s exactly the spot where the tower is proposed to go," Hebb said of the cleared

                                                                 area, about the size of a few tractor-trailers, only 100 metres or so from his yard.

"There’s no question that’s where it’s going to go." He said he planned to go to the Oct. 3 meeting to oppose the proposed tower on the

Halifax regional water commission-owned land but wonders what the point would be.

Initially, the proposed site behind the White Hills subdivision upset Hebb.

"Then I walked down there and discovered I don’t have a voice at all, they’re all ready to go.

"It’s clear to me that we don’t have an opinion at all."

Halifax Water’s James Campbell said that while some land was cleared, there’s no guarantee the cell tower will go on the land behind

Hebb’s house.

"What’s going on is survey work and soil testing," he said. "They’re taking samples just to make sure the site is suitable for any sort of


He said there are actually two sites under consideration, with the other off Lucasville Road.

"This is not a guaranteed location," he said. "The public meeting is still going ahead. There is no set site."

Hebb said neighbours on his cul-de-sac are all unhappy with the public meeting process, but they also don’t want the tower so near their


Hebb said further back would be better, rather than so close that "I could hit it with a golf ball. . . . It makes zero sense to me."

Daisywood Drive resident Melinda Dollar-Thompson is also opposed to the proposed tower location.

"The tower location directly behind our homes…is, in our opinion, a poor choice that shows an utter disregard for the property owners," she

said in an email to the Herald newsroom. "We will also be circulating a petition opposing its location and citing concerns regarding health,

environmental issues (electro-magnetic fields, light pollution, noise pollution, etc.) and property valuations." Hebb said if the tower goes up

on the site, he’s likely going to move because he’s concerned about the potential health risk.

( ifairclough@herald.ca)

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