On Tuesday night the District of Sparwood denied an application by GNS Industrial Trailer Services to build a temporary worker camp in Sparwood. GNS/File

Sparwood council denies temporary worker camp application

In a unanimous decision on Tuesday night, the District of Sparwood denied an application to build a temporary worker camp in Sparwood.

This follows the June 4 public hearing hosted by the District of Sparwood for the temporary worker camp which received strong community opposition. The camp would have provided accommodation for 150-200 workers over 24-36 months.

Look back: Strong community opposition to Sparwood temporary worker camp

The project was proposed as a way to meet short-term housing needs in Sparwood.

GNS Industrial Trailer Services, an Edmonton-based company proposed to build a lodge north of Sparwood which would have included 114 executive style beds, an office and check in area, full kitchen and dining facility, and recreation space.

Sparwood Mayor David Wilks said they defeated the application for a number of reasons; traffic concerns, difficulty to keep the camp ‘dry’, and also concern that Sparwood is not a community used to having camps.

“We did have them in the 1970s and 80s when they were needed, because Sparwood was just being created at the time. The coal mines were going to open pit and as a result there was a surge of workers at the time,” said Wilks.

During that time, several housing complex’s were constructed, and what is now the Spardell Mobile Home Park served as a worker camp.

“But we’ve transitioned from that, to make Sparwood a living community, not one that’s built on transient workers,” Wilks explained.

“Although having said that, we also recognize that the majority of Teck workers don’t live here in the valley,” he continued.

Wilks said council was impressed by the turnout of 150 people to the public hearing on June 4 at which 24 individuals spoke. All who spoke were opposed. The District also received 14 written submissions opposing the project.

“We were elected by the people of Sparwood to listen to them and when they have a concern such as that, and it’s basically unanimous at the public hearing that they don’t want it, then they don’t want it,” said Wilks.

“So, we move on.”



editor@thefreepress.ca

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Komatsu announces plans for $40M, 85k-square-foot facility in Sparwood

Komatsu Mining Corp. has announced plans to develop a new 85,000-square-foot sales… Continue reading

Former Fernie Ghostrider re-signs with Vancouver Canucks

Josh Teves has signed a two-year contract with the NHL team

Motor vehicle incident in Sparwood results in death of dump truck driver

An individual has died after the dump truck they were driving went… Continue reading

Fernie chainsaw carver wins big at Logger Days

Michael Penny placed 3rd at Powell River Logger Sports, last weekend

UPDATED: RCMP confirm one death in accident

Two motorcycles ran into the back of a vehicle towing a boat trailer on highway near Cranbrook

Food fight: Liberals, Tories trade shots as pre-campaign battles intensify

Health Canada released an overhauled document that did away with traditional food groups and portion sizes

Okanagan Air Cadet challenges gender-exclusive haircut policy

Haircut regulation inspires challenge around gender identity

VIDEO: Bystander training gains traction as tool to prevent sexual harassment, violence

Julia Gartley was sexually assaulted after an event, and no one stepped in to help

Two brands of ice cream sandwiches recalled due to presence of metal

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency issued a recall on Iceberg and Originale Augustin brands

Sexual assaults, extortion on the rise even as crime rates stay low: Stats Canada

Rates of police-reported sexual assault rose for the fourth year in a row

Vancouver Island teens missing after vehicle found ablaze near Dease Lake, BC

RCMP say a body discovered nearby not one of the missing teens

A year later, ceremony commemorates victims of the Danforth shooting

It’s the one-year anniversary of when a man opened fire along the bustling street before shooting and killing himself

Most Read