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Resident Wants Innovation Centre Site Moved

Southampton | by John Divinski  

Southampton woman has concerns about increased traffic when nuclear centre goes in.

The proposed Ontario Nuclear Innovation Institute should not be located adjacent to the Bruce County Museum in Southampton, on land just south of the museum that the county owns.

So says resident Laura Robinson, who brought her concerns to Saugeen Shores Committee of the Whole on July 9th.

Robinson presented facts and figures from myriad studies done in other communities, that show increasing traffic where there is a large vulnerable population, is tantamount to waiting for a tragic accident to happen.

She says the area, at High and Victoria Streets, has many vulnerable road users like seniors who attend the churches and lawn bowling facilities in the area, along with children who attend G. C. Huston School and play in the nearby accessible playground.

Robinson suggests putting an innovation centre in the area will only increase traffic flow.

She calls it "The worst possible place to put something where there would be more traffic.

Robinson said the area in question is one of the few places in Saugeen Shores where all three of the most vulnerable road users--children, seniors and the disabled--congregate.

She wants to make sure the Innovation Institute is located in an area where it doesn't increase the risk of harm to the vulnerable.

Robinson admitted she has not talked to Bruce Power about her concerns but plans to forward her town council presentation to the company.

Bruce Power has held two public meetings on the possibility of locating at the corner of High and Victoria Streets.

On May 16th, Bruce Power and the County of Bruce, joined forces to create the Ontario Nuclear Innovation Institute as an international centre of excellence for applied research and training.

President & CEO of Bruce Power Mike Rencheck says the centre would allow them to take advantage of the dozens of companies that have already located in the region, to create an environment to look at some of the "breaking technologies" to support a strong, sustainable regional labour force.

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