The owner of a popular Nova Scotia farm market has agreed to move his roadside flower bed back to resolve a dispute with the Department of Transportation.
Doug Hennigar, of Hennigar's Farm Market outside of Wolfville, had been told he had to move it back from Highway 1 about 1.2 metres. He objected, saying the 4,000 flowers had been in the garden for almost 30 years without any trouble.
Provincial officials, MLA Keith Irving and Hennigar met Wednesday to find a solution.
"We've come to a solution whereby the department would, in the fall, move back [the garden] about a foot or so," Irving said Thursday.
"[That will create] additional space for drainage soil and take the existing drainage soil and actually repave that and make a safer path for bicycles through there."
Hennigar took a different agreement away from the meeting.
"I don't really agree we came to a one-foot agreement. I thought it was a like couple of inches, because they don't need that much space," he said Thursday.
The province originally wanted the flower bed moved back 1.2 metres to allow more room on the shoulder of Highway 1.
Hennigar said he was told the province would bring in a crew to move the flower bed and bill him for the work if he didn't comply.
Irving said safety for cyclists is the main concern, and the department will pay for the work.
"It's Department of Transportation land and when we go in and do that paving work, it's not significant dollars to move back a foot or so of earth," he said.
Hennigar is relieved the "silly" dispute is over.
"I don't think they handled it very well. I think when the big wigs came down yesterday, they realized they were in error on the measurement," he said.
"I feel betrayed by the system that has very little respect for our business. We've been in the community for almost 100 years and although we got a lot of support from the public, it seems like the government people really don't care about the threat to business and the economic value that we contribute."