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A giant mound of dirt has turned up in Toronto's west end and the city is now investigating

A Davenport resident is calling for answers from the City of Toronto about a mound of dirt placed in a parking lot in the city's west end.

City says it issued no construction permits for site, is investigating the issue

Davenport resident Noelle Pittock wants the City of Toronto to explain why these large dirt mounds have taken over the vacant flea market lot by her house. (Paul Borkwood/CBC)

The parking lot on 404 Old Weston Road was vacant when Davenport resident Noelle Pittock left for vacation in June.

Pittock says she was surprised when she returned last week and came face to face with nine-metre tall dirt mounds and multiple dump trucks in the lot.

"We need more information," Pittock told CBC Toronto.

"The community as a whole needs to be informed as to why this is happening, when it will end, and if this is actually a legal situation going on right now."

Pittock says she's come up short after multiple attempts of reaching out to the city and Davenport councillor Ana Bailão's office on why the dirt pile is there in the first place.

In a statement Wednesday, the city of Toronto says it's investigating the activity at 404 Old Weston Rd., and "will be in a position" to provide further comment once that's complete. 

Pittock wants to know who and what is behind large piles of dirt that have been dumped on an old parking lot on 404 Old Weston Road. (Paul Borkwood/CBC)

While waiting for answers, Pittock says the site continues to see a steady stream of dump trucks each day, adding extra noise, traffic, and pollution to the area.

"We shouldn't be having to question why sites are being used the way that they are," Pittock said.

Councillor's office says site is 'temporary'

Bailão's chief of staff, Deyan Kostovski, said the issue first came to their attention last week.

"The next day we were in contact with those responsible for the site and confirmed the existence of the stock pile," Kostovski said in an email to CBC Toronto.

He said the dirt came from a nearby construction site, and was regular soil with no contaminants.

Kostovski  did not say who was dumping the dirt at the site, or why it was happening. 

In a separate statement, the City of Toronto confirmed it didn't issue any building permits to use this property as a temporary site for construction debris or waste. 

Coun. Bailão's chief of staff, Deyan Kostovski, said the issue first came to their attention last week. (Paul Borkwood/CBC)

Kostovski said he was told the dirt pile was a "temporary location" and that the dirt would begin to be relocated sometime this week. 

"I've been made aware that as of today, no more materials will be delivered to the site and starting tomorrow morning, the materials will be hauled from the site."

Kostovski says the removal will be regularly scheduled until completed, and that he "insisted" on getting frequent updates throughout the removal process. He says a water truck and an excavator will be used to minimize the impact of debris on nearby houses.

Pittock says she hopes Bailão's office takes the matter seriously.

"If there is nothing to hide, if this is legal, if there is a permit, if this is a city thing or a ministry thing or a provincial thing, that's fine," said Pittock.

"We just want to know about it, and we want to know about it in a timely manner."

With files from Paul Borkwood, Dale Manucdoc

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