Tonawanda News — Parker said he though of his two-year-old daughter, Reese, when the proposal came about, with her swing-set positioned less than 50 feet from the crematory site and a backlog of horror stories from those along Werkley Road.
“I don’t want it in my backyard, I don’t want it in your backyard I don’t want it in anyone’s backyard,” he said. “I live here and kids play baseball across the street all summer. It just didn’t make any sense.”
Rebecca Newberry, of the Clean Air Coalition, said that the cancelled plans could be entirely attributed to residents standing together on the issue.
“This is what happens when community organizations stand up for what’s right,” she said. “A crematory doesn’t belong in a residential neighborhood.”
Amigone said the company will continue to explore its options, while Hardwick said he would like to see the crematory stay in the town, though in a more industrialized area away from residents’ homes.
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