Bradner Road gravel pit to be transformed

A former gravel pit on Bradner Road will be transformed into farm land after sitting barren for more than 30 years.

A former gravel pit on Bradner Road will be transformed into farmland after sitting barren for more than 30 years.

The property, located in the 8400 block, was mined in the late 1960s and early ‘70s and pre-dates the creation of the Agricultural Land Reserve.

“Whoever owned it back then just mined out the gravel and left it,” said Coun. John Smith. “It’s useless right now.”

Present property owner Lloyd Brown has been working with the city on a soil deposit plan that would see approximately 62,000 cubic metres of earth brought to the site over a five-year period, to transform it back to usable agricultural land.

Last week, council approved the plan, despite local truck traffic concerns.