STAYNER – Clearview WAIT says several of its signs were recently slashed or removed from the sides of local roads.
The local group – Warning Against Industrial Turbines – is against the construction of wind turbines and had erected the signs a couple weeks ago to get its message out.
WAIT says turbines can negatively impact tourism and land values and potentially make people living nearby sick.
The signs that were damaged were initially placed in the vicinity of the proposed Wpd wind turbine site near Fairgrounds Road and County Road 91, just west of Stayner.
Colin Huismans, a spokesperson for WAIT, said the same type of vandalism occurred last year but on a much smaller scale.
“It’s hard to imagine who would want to take down legitimate protest signs when so few in the township stand to benefit from the turbines,” Huismans said in a news release.
He added if the 550-foot wind turbines are allowed to go ahead – the decision rests with the province – they will be an eyesore and make a mockery of the Clearview Township motto, “Beautiful landscapes and friendly people.”
Huismans added that WAIT will replace every sign that’s stolen or damaged.
The group will also continue to get its message out through newspaper advertising and billboards.
Meanwhile, the date for Wpd’s open house is fast approaching. It’s set for Wednesday, July 13, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the Stayner Community Centre.
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