EVE-LYNN SWAN The Standard
UXBRIDGE: There’s nothing like a perceived threat to a neighbourhood to get strangers united. And so history repeats itself in this southwest Uxbridge Township hamlet, the proposed site of a grain blending and milling business: The Goodwood Conservation Association has been formed and its first project is a campaign to oppose the grain mill.
Goodwood resident and writer, Jack MacQuarrie, age 93, joined the new association, as he agrees with their long term goal of preserving the rural environment, and spoke to The Standard about the new group recently. “The mission is preserving good quality agricultural land in the surrounding area and putting development in its proper place. We have no objection to there being a grain mill, but not on prime agricultural land. There are designated industrial areas.”
Executive members are Conrad Richter, President; Diane Reilly, Secretary, and David O’Leary, Treasurer.
Regarding the involvement in the association by herb business owner Richter, Mr. MacQuarrie said “There is potential for some people to say ‘Oh, this is Richter’s Herbs business thing’ and he may have a bit… invested, but the other people are people who live in the community and are genuinely concerned about the misuse of Agricultural land designated so, on the Oak Ridges Moraine.”
With a Facebook group, website (www.goodwoodmill.com), online petition, and GoFundMe page set up, the group has been busy and is easy to reach.
It’s a good thing there’s no windmill planned for the site, because that would make this fight follow an even older plot line.
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