Citizen complaint addresses horse manure in North Saanich

Thanks to a resident raising a stink, North Saanich council is wondering what to do about horse manure.

Thanks to a resident raising a stink, North Saanich council is asking its agriculture and parks commissions for advice on what to do about horse manure.

Martin Enright, who lives on John Road, wrote to the council earlier this month about his issue with horse manure piling up on the road and on a nearby trail. He attended the June 16 meeting to ask local politicians to give his concerns more consideration.

“I am concerned with  only the one minute’s worth of discussion on the issue at your June 2 meeting,” Enright said. “We’re not trying to make trouble, just find a solution.”

He added while his family has no problem with horses or stables in the area, it’s the mess left behind he wants addressed.

Council was hard-pressed to come up with a solution on Monday night. Councillor Ted Daly said he understands the complaint but added he’s been overwhelmed in the past by people calling North Saanich a rural community “so get used to it.” He suggested having local riding clubs or stables find a way to deal with horse manure.

Coun. Dunstan Browne pointed to clean-up examples during parades, where a scooper follows the animals.

“Apart from doing that,” he said, “I don’t know how you fix it.”

Coun. Craig Mearns suggested this sort of thing disappears fast.

“It’s a nuisance, sure, but not uncommon. It’s biodegradable.”

Mayor Alice Finall added asking owners to clean up the manure might be problematic in the difficulty in identifying whose business it is.

Council discussed options and issues, including the benefits of manure in the garden. In the end, however, they referred the matter to their citizen-led commissions for their recommendations.

Just Posted

Peninsula speed skating duo aiming for the national stage

Pair opted to train in long track skating this season for the first time

Tent city resident just wants a home

Roving tent city has made its way to Central Saanich

Oak Bay showcases non-profits and more with inaugural volunteer fair

The Oak Bay Volunteer fair runs Jan. 20 from 1:30 to 4 p.m. at the Monterey Recreation Centre

Boat capsizes in Caddy Bay

Two members of the Royal Victoria Yacht Club Race Team spent part… Continue reading

Sidney’s Salish Sea aquarium to close for maintenance

First extended closure for the Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea since it opened in 2009

Butchart Gardens is hiring now and paying more

Wages start at $15, job fair Feb. 20

Cash still needed for Stelly’s Cross Path

MLA Olsen wants more specifics first

Injured parachutist wants stolen backpack back

Bag contained important video files of 2017 parachuting incident

Wanted by Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers for the week of Jan. 16

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

Premier offers condolences to family of boy, 15, killed in Vancouver crossfire

John Horgan: ‘No stone is to be left unturned until we find the perpetrator of this heinous crime’

Vernon to host largest Special Olympics B.C. Winter Games in 2019

Games to be held Feb. 21-23, with more than 800 athletes expected to take part

Ex-BC Liberal staffer focused on ‘favourable’ ethnic communities in scandal: lawyer

Former communications director Brian Bonney’s sentencing hearing for breach of trust is underway

Ice dancers Virtue and Moir to carry flag for Canada at 2018 Olympics

The pair earned a gold medal at the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games

Most Read