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To the editor,

I really want to send a big thank you to Erica Butler for writing "Good to grow" (May 11). Her article spurred me into action. As a resident in the Springfield Lake area I am very concerned about the shortsighted and irresponsible development that has been proposed. Councillor Brad Johns is right. The infrastructure here is not even meeting the current needs of the community. As a vivid example, I live on Lakeview Avenue and every time it rains HRM sends out fleets of pumper trucks to try to prevent overflow raw sewage from discharging into local lakes and streams.

Insufficient sewerage, clogged and dangerous roads, schools filled to capacity, urban sprawl, environmental degradation and loss of natural habitat—we have it all happening here in spades. It was my good fortune to pick up a copy of The Coast; otherwise, I would have been completely unaware of the final public hearing being held on May 16 at City Hall. Please let Ms. Butler know her efforts are truly appreciated.

By Virginia MacLeod

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