Magazine article Anglican Journal

Parish's Campground Project Faces Hurdles: N.B. Government Asks Shediac Church to Respond to 86 Points

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Parish's Campground Project Faces Hurdles: N.B. Government Asks Shediac Church to Respond to 86 Points

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A New Brunswick Anglican parish involved in a controversial campground project has been asked by the provincial government to respond to it on 86 points, including the project's possible impacts on wildlife, local water quality and environmentally sensitive land.

A project to build a 600-700 lot recreational vehicle campground on property belonging to the Anglican Parish of Shediac has been attracting opposition at least since it was proposed to Shediac town council in 2014.

The Red Dot Association, a locally-based group, says that part of the campground would be built on wetland, important for filtering pollutants out of runoff water during rainstorms.

The issue of water quality in the area is particularly sensitive because Parlee Beach New Brunswick's most popular beach, is within easy walking distance of the site, and both face onto the same body of water,

Shediac Bay. Concerns about levels of E. coli and fecal contamination in the bay led this summer to a protest and a demand by the Shediac mayor that the province act to address water quality issues at the beach.

In response to an interview request, the parish directed the Anglican Journal to Bishop of Fredericton David Edwards. But Edwards said he couldn't comment on the project because he hadn't seen the proposal. The bishop has to approve any land transactions made by the parishes, and for him to voice an opinion before any proposal is formally submitted to his office, he said, could be seen as pre-empting the process.

According to an environmental impact assessment of the project filed by the parish with the province in May, the goal of the project is to attract tourists interested in "a top tier, eco-friendly campground. …

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