For Immediate Release
Dec 23, 2013

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Ramsay residents urge City to review Lilydale business licence


CALGARY —Ramsay residents are calling on the City of Calgary to review Lilydale’s business licence for its Hurst Road poultry processing plant.

That plant, which is adjacent to a residential neighborhood, has sparked a slew of noise, odour, and waste complaints from local residents.

“We’re tried resolving this with Lilydale directly, but our concerns are falling upon deaf ears,” said Robin Tufts, one of the residents calling for the city to intervene. “Between trucks arriving and unloading in the middle of the night and the constant noise of rooftop fans during the day, Lilydale’s operations continue to disrupt our lives on a daily basis.”

Other residents describe the odours from the plant as being, at times, unbearable. In September 2009, several Ramsay residents were forced out of their homes by an ammonia leak at the plant. In July 2012, Lilydale was fined $180,000 by Alberta Environment for the incident.

Ecojustice lawyers, acting on behalf of the residents, sent a letter requesting a public hearing to the City of Calgary’s Chief Licence Inspector earlier this month.

The Ramsay community is currently undergoing redevelopment, with significant new residential and commercial development proposed for the former Dominion Bridge site.

“The ongoing issues arising from Lilydale’s operations are inconsistent with a vibrant residential and commercial neighbourhood,” Tufts said. “We are asking that the City hold a public hearing so that it can address our concerns and impose conditions when renewing Lilydale’s business licence.

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