Province will demolish crumbling Englee fish plant

Colin MacLean
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The former Englee fish plant. — Transcontinental Media photo

The Provincial Government announced this morning that it's tired of waiting for the former owners of the Englee fish plant to tear down the decrepit building.

It will move ahead with the demolition itself and "will pursue all possible legal avenues at its disposal," to recoup the costs.

The opposition NDP and Liberals have been pressuring the province over the past number of months to take just this sort of action.

The Town of Englee has long called the building, which started to collapse last winter, a safety hazard and an eyesore.

“We are pleased to see the placement of security onsite and to see government stepping in here in the absence of the responsible owners, to protect the people of Englee," said Mayor Rudy Porter in a press release.

Minister of Service NL Paul Davis said in the same release that the province decided to act before anyone was hurt on the site.

"In order to ensure the safety of the public and to maintain safe road access within the community, the Provincial Government is moving forward with the removal of the building as soon as possible.”

Environment Minister Terry French added that plant's owners will not escape their responsibilities.

"We will not sit by and allow the responsible parties to wash their hands of their obligations under the act," said French.

An environmental science and engineering consulting will be hired to assess the facility. The province and The Town of Englee have also hired security for the building and the surrounding roadway until the demolition.

There was no timeline given for how soon that might happen.

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  • a business man
    August 02, 2012 - 05:51

    This is great. Once we get rid of all the fish plants, we can forget that the dirty fishery ever existed.

  • Lonewolf
    August 01, 2012 - 23:59

    Great decision, the company went bankrupt and the town can't afford to remove the building so for the safety of others the Government decided to take it upon themselves. I think it is a wise use of taxpayer dollars.

  • Jolene
    August 01, 2012 - 21:58

    I'm so happy that people like Will Cole has a great job and thinks very little of others. I wonder if his work puts the millions of dollars into the economy that those bloody stamp factories does. Do your research Will and maybe it would be nice if you could calm down.Bad decisions made by Government depleted our fish stocks or those plants would still be in full operation . Keep in mind, fish could be a renewable resource, oil is not.

    • Ben
      August 02, 2012 - 07:09

      Just a reminder Jolene it wasn't only the government that helped deplete our fish stocks! The fishermen themselves helped do this too, as well as the big companies who ran these fishplants years ago. I laugh when i hear Gus Etchegary on talking about the fishery when he was the biggest culprit when he was boss at FPI years ago. When it comes to the state in the fishery...we all have to look in the mirror.

  • Swimming Mom
    August 01, 2012 - 20:38

    As I understand it, the former owners of this plant are no longer in business due to bankruptcy. I have seen several muscel farms in this province that have also gone out of business leaving thier farming operation in the water and it is now floating in our waters and creating hazards to local mariners. What is not floating in the waters is being washed up along our coastline. Is the government going to clean up these hazzards as well or are they going to go back to the businesses that abandoned these farms and hold them responsible also.

  • Will Cole
    August 01, 2012 - 20:26

    Bad enough the taxpayers have to subsidize these bloody stamp factories while they're operating. And now the taxpayers have to subsidize their demolition after they've been abandoned. Bloody-well ridiculous.

  • Senrab
    August 01, 2012 - 16:44

    Disgraceful, who is the owner?

  • M
    August 01, 2012 - 12:33

    Bad decision by provincial government here. Now every dilapidated building in rural Newfoundland can be left to fall in and councils will be able to ask the province to pay for removal and clean up. Expensive decision but it seems the government makes a lot of costly, bad decisions when they are flush with $$$$. My how we can squander our temporary riches.

  • SR
    August 01, 2012 - 12:01

    And how long will the owner owe the money before govt gives up? If the owner won't pay for demolition now, I doubt he will pay for it later. It will end up in court and the owner will have no assets to seize.