Tim Banks fires back

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Battle brewing in Cornwall

Aerial photo of Cornwall submitted by Tim Banks.

A battle of developers is brewing in Cornwall and it came to a recent town council meeting as a concern about propane.

The Guardian reported on that meeting, with a story on how Kevin Connors is concerned about a propane distribution facility near residential lots.

Tim Banks was also at the council meeting. He now owns the Cornwall Business Park where the propane distribution yard is a tenant.

There are no residential lots anywhere near the propane facility, said Banks, and a few days after the council meeting he provided an aerial photo to the Guardian to prove it.

Banks told The Guardian that he knows Connors as a United States resident and partner in a holdings company. It is developing Sunrise Cove residential subdivision in Cornwall. Sunrise Cove and the Cornwall Business Park are all part of a strip of land known as the Borden farm, said Cornwall Mayor Barney Fullerton.

In between the business park and Sunrise Cove is a large stretch of undeveloped land now in agriculture use, said Banks and Fullerton. That land is zoned mixed use which could be developed residential, or commercial but council must approve any proposed development and so far it has not been called upon to do so.

"I have no idea what their agenda is," said Banks. "Maybe they are trying to get the park closed."

The Guardian was not able to contact Connors for a response.

The business park has been in place since the late 90s and its propane tenant there since at least 2008, said Fullerton. He said Connors would have known of its existence when he bought the land around the business park.

Fullerton also said that Cornwall Council has been made aware that Conners as hired a lawyer to look into his claims that the permits for the propane site are not valid. That is why Banks said at the meeting that he would welcome a chance to see Connors in court over the issue.

"All I am saying is (Cornwall Council) needn't waste their time listening to charges and accusations," said Bank. "If this gentlemen believes they have merit, then pursue it and I'll defend it.

"He also wants an independent review of the other businesses facilities located in the Cornwall Business Park," said Banks. "Well, one of those was mine, Central Truss, for example. I moved that company out there and created a bunch of jobs and subsequently I have sold it.

"We are very proud of developing that business with that commitment to the community and all of a sudden some guy from the U.S. arrives in town and he represents that he's living in the back yard," said Banks.

Organizations: Tim Banks, Cornwall Council

Geographic location: Cornwall, Cornwall Business Park, United States

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  • ralph
    November 30, 2012 - 15:09

    GREAT TO SEE HOW THE BIGGOTS COME OUT OF THE WOODWORK --- BETTER NOT SHOW YOUR ROOTS ON THE GENTLE ISLAND UNLESS YOU ARE HERE TO BE PARTED FROM YOUR MONEY. TIM, THE GREAT MANIPULATOR PUSHED THE RIGHT BUTTOMS. IN THE NAME AS BEING THE GREAT JOB CREATOR, - TO A GREAT EXTEND ON THE BACK OF THE TAXPAYERS- AND CO-INCIDENTLY MAKING HIMSELF A LOT RICHERS, --- MANY IDOLIZE HIM BECAUSE HE IS A FIGTHER, -- WHILE THE REST OF US ROLL OVER AND TAKE THE BLOW WE ARE GIVEN, BY TIM'S ASSOCIATE ROBERT GHIZ. MEANWHILE, NEXT TIME I HAVE LUNCH WITH HIM, I WILL HAVE TO LOOK AND SEE IF HE IS SPROUTING WINGS.

    • Trollololol
      December 01, 2012 - 06:55

      I'm sorry I couldn't quite hear you. Can you speak louder? Or type like normal people..

  • Peiguy
    November 30, 2012 - 11:34

    Good for You Mr Banks do fight back and its ok if you make a few bucks too in my books after all you create a lot of jobs here. Funny how the clown show Myers puts on leaves you out of it. Guess if Homburg fought back it might be different for him. They should be able to build berms around the propane facility to direct any blast up into the air fairly inexpensively so a silly 2 k buffer zone is laughable and unnecessary.

  • David
    November 30, 2012 - 11:33

    Why is an American even allwoed to develop or own this land? I thought PEI had restrictions about land being owned by non residents? The last thing Cornwall or PEI needs is bunch of know it all Americans telling us how we should live or what we should do with our land. Let him go home and tell the americans how to do things. Funny how this guy can't even vote here or pay taxes but yet he can cost a island business man money in defending himself. Something is surely wrong with our system.

    • oh, he's paying taxes
      November 30, 2012 - 15:35

      Oh, he's paying taxes all right - property taxes, (which are higher for non-residents than residents, by the way, all you CFA-haters). And if his business is registerd in Canada, he's paying income and corporate taxes. Whatever he buys here as inputs for his business, he's paying taxes on it (GST and PST). When he bought the land, he will have had to pay land transfer tax, plus taxes on his lawyers' fees. Non-residents can own land on PEI - if it's over 10 acres, they have to apply to IRAC (and pay an application fee) for permission to buy it. So, David, just make sure you know what you're talking about before you post a comment.

  • SAP
    November 30, 2012 - 09:28

    YES! We don't need bullies coming from away and pushing their agenda, we have our very home grown ones, thank you. And we can help them out with our tax dollars too!

  • pingu
    November 30, 2012 - 09:28

    Oh, the box store king is spouting off again. WIsh he would spend his time studying fine architecture. Steve, judging by the planning going on in PEI or better the lack of planning, I think you need all the help you can get.

  • Darrin Deveau
    November 30, 2012 - 08:28

    Americans have a tendancy to be privelged. I am pondering suing my american neighbour for interferring with my business. I know I would win easily....I am just mkaing sure he comes to his senses. If this american developer continues to persists, I would sue him for harrassment and defamation.

    • UPWESTER
      November 30, 2012 - 09:53

      And you're the fellow that keeps saying that he is taking his money and going to build in Florida? A bit of a double standard here, isn't there.

  • Mandy
    November 30, 2012 - 08:16

    After the Irving/Allen St story and this one, I can't help but think that even with all the safety concerns about BioVectra apartments were allowed to be developed so very close to chemical tanks there. Yes, propane/oil explosions are dangerous but so are chemical explosions! Basically I don't trust people who are making these decisions anymore. Either let everybody build close to potentially dangerous places or nobody.

  • Tim, Time to Fire Back at the Right Target?
    November 30, 2012 - 07:58

    Tim Banks, what would you do? What would you do if your company posted huge losses and you said that you'd have to move towards austerity to manage your debt? What would you do if then your top executives immediately went out and bought new cars on the business's tab? What would you do if your Finance person, the one who was tasked with telling your stock holders to expect diminishing returns then went out and bought a new car with your stock holders funds? We know you're a true Liberal supporter Tim, but isn't it time to "fire back" at something more than self-interest?

  • Ministers Buy New Cars with Taxpayer's money
    November 30, 2012 - 07:44

    How is it that Friday's front page story is Ministers Buy New Cars with Taxpayer-funded allowances and that nothing seems to be posted on-line?

  • Barry
    November 30, 2012 - 06:28

    Not really accurate there David as when i was in Toronto, Sunrise Propane blew up and there were houses directly accross the street and nobody was hurt. That was one of the largest propane explosions in Canada so not sure where your getting the facts from but in this case the houses were badly damaged ..Sorry there was one death the worker of the propane station

    • ED GALLANT
      November 30, 2012 - 09:56

      Also a fire de[partment captain!

  • Islanders
    November 30, 2012 - 04:04

    If Connors bought the land after the propane tanks were there, then it is his own fault for not having due diligence in buying the land and putting in a sub-division. By the sounds of it he is also reviewing the other businesses in the park as well so that suggests to me it's not all about the propane and safety but about the land itself.

  • don
    November 29, 2012 - 23:31

    Tim he is a normal U.S know it all and knows nothing. that's why USA is the most hated place in the world. most of them has it in there head they are better then anyone. so Tim take him down all the way down. and by the way i know you from childhood. and you are more of an islander then our government as you are doing what you can for PEI. THANKS.

  • David
    November 29, 2012 - 22:16

    Propane explosions are nasty often burning people a kilometre away form the explosion source due to extreme heat which is much worse than other typical industrial explosions. Even at 1km you're at the edge of the lethal zone so really 2km buffer would make more sense. By " no residential lots anywhere near the propane facility," if that means over 1km then yes it's OK if not then no they're in the danger zone. I'd say the agenda is safety, it's easy to read up on large propane explosions to see just how destructive they are.

    • Ross
      November 30, 2012 - 06:23

      @david --- please get real! Sure "large propane explosions" are distructive but the size of installation in Cornwall is not "large" and suggesting a 2km buffer is appropriate is just fear mongering.

    • David
      November 30, 2012 - 10:24

      Then maybe people trying to develop subdivisions shouldn't put them near an existing propane facility? Accepting your premise, it sounds like the gentleman who bought his property did so knowingly and is now trying to shove a business out so that he can expand it.

  • Steve
    November 29, 2012 - 21:53

    Take him down Tim. We don't need people from another country dictating what's right or wrong in our province

    • ELECTRICAL ENGINEER
      November 30, 2012 - 09:50

      Typical red neck response. What does it matter where Connors is from? I suppose Tim Banks is proud of the PNP funds he recieved also.

    • t .stevenson
      November 30, 2012 - 09:52

      We are all from another country except for indians.