Digby County property owner accuses council of bias in dangerous and unsightly cases

Jonathan Riley, Digby Courier jriley@digbycourier.ca
Published on July 1, 2014

The Municipality of the District of Digby will start over with the owner of two dangerous and unsightly properties.

Churchill Ashford attended what was supposed to be an appeal on Monday, June 30, for two orders to demolish – one for his property at 11984 Hwy 217 in Seabrook, and the other for his property at 29 Jim Cossaboom Road in Tiverton.

Both properties are unoccupied and both are in a serious state of disrepair.

Ashford read from reams of regulation and legislation when his turn came to speak.

He said council had showed bias because the municipality’s dangerous and unsightly administrator had issued an order to demolish without first giving Ashford a chance to address council.

Ashford asked that his appeal be heard by a judge.

Instead Warden Linda Gregory told Ashford they would start over.

They will send him a letter notifying him of their intent to consider demolition orders and offering him a chance to speak.

When Ashford started to object that he would be away in early July, CAO Linda Fraser told him they could deal with it right then while everyone was there.

“That’s why we’re here, if you have anything to say to council, council is here to listen,” she said.

“I have nothing to say to council as council is biased,” said Ashford.

“Then we’ll see you in two weeks,” said Warden Gregory.

A special meeting has been scheduled for Monday, July 14 at 4:30 p.m. at the Seabrook council offices.