Additional businesses would help Summerland

We need in Summerland some big industries to help with the growth of our town.

Dear Editor:

Re: The Slaughterhouse Regulations article, April 18.

Not everybody is retired in Summerland.

I read that another large business is trying to setup here. Great!

Again most of council said no to business. I understand noise or even the other nuisances that come along with living near an industrial area but you do live near an industrial park, like I do just a few blocks away.

We need in Summerland some big industries to help with the growth of our town.

Some say that we are a bedroom community. Soon I believe we are going to be a closet community where there are no young adults living because of lack of work opportunities.

We are already seeing more shops shut down and families moving out.

I have seen my taxes constantly going up as each project gets approved.

I believe that if we had some key industries here that the debt load would be offset.

When I was a young boy growing up in Oliver, I worked at a turkey farm where they did grow them and process for the market place. I also remember on Black Sage Road in Oliver a Cattle holding yard which was very large.

Both of these places had no real smell and the noise was no worse than where I live now on South Victoria Road.

We have to allow business to come to Summerland. Most medium to large operations are never going to fit perfectly but they will bring jobs and income to a town.

Chris Pond

Summerland