Reconstruction of 27 Side Road Silver Creek Bridge, Halton Hills March 13, 2013
Public Information Centre Wed. March 13, 2013
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Town of Halton Hills
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Fallbrook; Is Heritage Designation going to be enough?
Silver Creek Bridge on 27 Side road, by the Fallbrook
Trail Farm property is a single vault bridge and “it is a rare and breathtaking example of a true masonry arch bridge”, says Heritage Halton Hills. Council voted to get more public input on a staff recommendation to close 27 Sideroad to vehicular traffic at the bridge, due to its increasingly deteriorating state.
Review the preliminary project drawings and discuss the proposed work.
In September 2007, Credit Valley Conservation, owners of the Fallbrook Trail Farm property, applied to the Town for a demolition permit for the deteriorating empty building improperly closed up, plagued by mold and poor care in order to return the land to its natural state. Three months later, a citizens’ group to save the old building and use it as a heritage education centre.
150 Friends of Fallbrook Farm (FFF) remained with support of a report by a heritage expert stressing the property’s heritage value. Halton Hills’ heritage advisory committee (Heritage Halton Hills) reversed its earlier position and now called on the Town to designate the property.
At its December meeting, Halton Hills council voted to approve a Heritage Halton Hills report calling for the designation of Fallbrook Farm, including the log cabin portion of the house, mill site and Silver Creek bridge.
The west side of the home is the original 19th century log cabin built with squared, red pine rough bark logs, and is one of the few remaining structures of this type left in Halton Hills. The additions to the home have no design or heritage value, stated the HHH in its report to council.
The Silver Creek Bridge on 27 Sideroad by the farm is a single vault bridge and “it is a rare and breathtaking example of a true masonry arch bridge”, said HHH. In a related matter, council voted to get more public input on a staff recommendation to close 27 Sideroad to vehicular traffic at the bridge, due to its increasingly deteriorating state.
HHH says the mill site “has the potential to clearly demonstrate the evolution of a typical example of the community’s first industrial complex… and has remained largely undisturbed since it was abandoned.”
The whole Fallbrook site is important, as it represents 500 years of history on two hectares. FFF would like the First Nations history explored as well.
The history of the Fallbrook property does go back to early North American time…. These are national treasures we’re talking about here of our heritage over fears and conjecture about the (financial) future?”
we don’t have any rich donors at the moment, and we’ll need a lot of small donors…. We need a trigger and hopefully this Bridge at Silver Creek issue is the trigger.”
He added FFF is looking to the CVC as the property owner to support them on grant applications.
Kirkwood said FFF members have already spent $20,000 of their own money.
It would depend on community support to close 27 Sideroad to vehicular traffic at the bridge and we have had that.
Meanwhile FFF members continue to collect information on the heritage of the area, and the group presented certificates to 30 “elders” who have given the group an oral history of the Fallbrook/Ballinafad area.
McKay said it was a celebration of the rich history of this community, which until up to now had not been fully recorded.
“Both parties have made a sincere effort; however, more than two years has passed with no measurable success. With a large set of priority projects and limited human and financial resources to meet assigned targets, the recommendation is to curtail any further work on the development and implementation of the Fallbrook Farmhouse Heritage Project.”