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Letter to Mr. Patrick Bocking regarding MPES field

September 14, 2018

Dear Mr. Bocking,

The Pender Harbour Wildlife Society has been supporting and protecting the fauna and flora in the Pender Harbour area for nearly 40 years. It is one of our aims and objectives to support initiatives for clean land, air and water.
While the MPES field is not a natural, forested area, it is in the middle of our town and is regularly frequented by our community together with deer, birds and other wildlife. We have been alarmed to see actual bits of garbage strewn across the field apparently in an effort at maintenance of the school grounds. The children and of course animals are at risk of eating and spreading the debris now found on the field.
We look forward to you explaining how such a negligent incident occurred and ensuring this debris is fully removed. We are also concerned that there may be unknown hazardous materials in the soil potentially harming school children, pets or wildlife.

While we have recently seen workers out on the field, walking along with litter sticks trying to pick up surface pieces of blowing plastic, we are not assured that this method of cleaning is sufficient to eliminate the risk of smaller garbage items such as, hard particles, glass and plastic items that remain hidden in the grass. We suggest and your insurance company may agree that more effective ways of cleaning the field be considered and implemented such as industrial methods of sucking up the debris to remove all pieces fully.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Anne Clemence