Fish farm decision deferred for one week

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Resident raises concerns about use of artificial lights

A decision on a proposal for an aquaculture development within city limits was postponed during Monday’s regular St. John’s council meeting.

Tom Hann.

The proposal is to use greenhouse-style buildings containing above-ground, closed tanks to raise talapia fish on land on Pearltown Road.

The planning and development committee has recommended approval of the application, although a letter from a concerned neighbour resulted in council deferring its decision for a week.

A letter from Peter Mercer of  Pearltown Road raises concerns about the lighting of the aquaculture project.

The proposal states that artificial light will be used when natural daylight is not sufficient to provide the 14 hours of daylight required.

Mercer raised concerns in his letter to council about the use of artificial lighting and how it could affect life in his own residence. He suggests the proposed site of the project should be moved so it’s not visible from his home.

“I really think it would be in the best interest of all if we nailed down particular times,” said Coun. Art Puddister.

Mayor Dennis O’Keefe agreed there had to be some concrete regulation concerning bright lights at night, and he referenced the Sprung greenhouse affair that had an impact on people living in the vicinity of the project.

Coun. Tom Hann moved that a decision on the proposal be deferred for a week so the issue of the lights could be discussed and the proximity of residences to the development investigated. The motion was passed by council.

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