An abattoir in southwest London will move forward with full council approval, despite a number of signs in council chambers’ gallery on Tuesday night urging politicians to “say no to slaughter.”
Odours, flies, and the removal of deadstock top a list of concerns neighbouring residents have with the development of a livestock facility and halal abattoir at 8076 Longwoods Rd. that would slaughter goats, sheep, and lambs on site.
But two holding provisions will address those issues explained Ward Counc. Anna Hopkins. One provision — a site plan — outlines a requirement for fencing, tree planting, and relocating a livestock paddock to the north of the property. The other provision — a nutrient management plan — will regulate manure.
“I am doing my best to protect the community,” Hopkins said.
The applicant’s request for a zoning amendment was sent back to staff earlier this year, asking that stricter regulations for an abattoir be met first. The change was given unanimous support by the planning and environment committee last week.
“This is ultimately a question of zoning,” said Counc. Stephen Turner, suggesting a need for more focused debate.
But past behaviour is one of the reasons Jacqueline Caranci, an immediate neighbour of the property, is upset about council’s decision.
The owner of the property is due in court next month after being charged under city bylaw for having livestock last year, against the previous zoning regulations.
“It just proves that policies don’t sometimes work,” Caranci explained.
“I feel like common sense was not part of this decision today.”