Council had its reasons for opposing Telus plan

I opposed the application because it required a development variance to allow Telus to disturb the wetland next to the tower.

To the Editor,

Re: Residents need new cell tower, Editorial, March 6.

Your editorial suggested that all of council had been “swayed by fears that this cell tower would radiate harm” upon residents of the area.

Had you talked to me or reviewed the debate you would have found that I opposed the application because it required a development variance to allow Telus to disturb the wetland next to the tower.

Council’s Advisory Council on Environmental Sustainability has been working on a new policy that if passed would strengthen the restrictions on development along riparian areas in order to protect wildlife. I said clearly at the council meeting that my decision was based on the riparian values of the property and riparian values alone.

I appreciate this opportunity to correct the facts.

Diane BrennanNanaimo city councillor