Letter: Lloyd McCliggott, Philomont

Editor: Courtland Milloy, in a Feb. 16 Washington Post column, describes Loudoun County as “beautiful equestrian country.” He must be talking about western Loudoun County as eastern Loudoun is now home to a multitude of town houses, clusters of retail stores, and server farms. Horses are few and far between. Now it seems that western Loudoun is also headed in that direction, if the current Board of Supervisors continues on the path it seems to be going in.

The current county board pays more attention to renaming roads and removing statues, then addressing more substantial needs of our community. The Emerald Ribbons initiative to develop horse, biking and hiking trails is dead in the water. When was the last time you saw a new park in western Loudoun? Beautiful fields from Purcellville to Round Hill to Lovettsville are now filled with cookie-cutter houses. A proposed new firehouse in Philomont is planned to be built on the site of the oldest horse show in Loudoun County. This new facility will cost county taxpayers over $25 million to build. 

At the Oct. 5 board meeting, Supervisor Buffington stated his e-mails show overwhelming support of a brand-new fire station being placed in Philomont on property previously used as a horse show grounds by the Philomont Volunteer Fire Department. Two other speakers (both administrative members of the fire department) stated this proposed new station has overwhelming community support. There is no basis for these statements. Members of the Philomont community have collect 262 signatures (with more to come) on a petition calling for the renovation of the existing fire station and the preservation of the existing horse show grounds as a public park. Only five residents have refused to sign this petition. This looks like overwhelming support not to build a new fire station.

The $25 million targeted for this new station could be better used to fund sorely needed public recreational parks and facilities. The western Loudoun community does not need nor want this new fire station. It is simply not necessary. It does need the kind of open spaces envisioned by the emerald roads’ initiative. Hopefully, the board of supervisors will listen to the citizens of western Loudoun County

Lloyd McCliggott, Philomont

15 thoughts on “Letter: Lloyd McCliggott, Philomont

  • 2022-02-21 at 8:31 pm
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    I agree with Mr. McCliggott. I’d hate to see a brand new fire station erected in Philomont. Why ruin beautiful open space? It’s not as if a crisis warrants the construction of a new fire station. I support reasonable development within Loudoun but NOT overdevelopment. Please don’t mess with the scenic green space of Philomont. Happy Black History Month Loudoun!

  • 2022-02-21 at 9:56 pm
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    This county has always had weak, uninformed and basically, deaf to the needs and wants of current residents. The BOS always seems to care more for future residents, than taking care of us who have lived here for a long time. I came to Loudoun in 1982 and seen the desecretion of the county by BOS members who had more friends in the development community, many from outside of LoCo, than the residents here. It is a shame that there is always a battle to protect the rural west. It should be crystal clear of where the lines of demarcation should be, plain and simple.

  • 2022-02-21 at 10:10 pm
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    Never underestimate the power of the First Responders Industrial Complex. That’s why you see 4 or 5 firetrucks and ambulances at a fender bender…gotta keep those stats up to show how busy we are…otherwise it’s hard to argue for a new station (with all the comforts of home built in). This is where we’ve come to20 years after 911…

    • 2022-02-22 at 3:55 pm
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      There is an established protocol for Fire Trucks and Ambulances to a car crash. If you think it is over kill, then challenge the BOS & the Fire Chief. You have every right to ask. Afterall it is Taxpayer money.

      By the way, what is the correct amount of Fire Trucks & Ambulances for a fender bender?

      Is it 1?
      Is it 2?

      And how many Ambulances do they send when a person involved says their shoulder hurts as a result of the accident….And another driver says to 911 I hit my head during the accident but I’m not bleeding. And I don’t know for sure, I could have blacked out for a moment?

      Are these injuries nothing? Or is it the beginning of a heart attack and an internal head trauma?

      • 2022-02-22 at 8:22 pm
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        LoCo Joe, You can bet FactsNotIdeology would be the first to complain if they were in an accident or had a fire at their house and there was not a full blown response by the fire department. It’s just like those people who want to defund the police, then wonder where the cops are when they need help. Ridiculous.

      • 2022-02-23 at 1:37 pm
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        Henceforth all 9-1-1 calls shall be cleared through IdeologyNotFacts.

  • 2022-02-22 at 9:42 am
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    Face it. Development is coming to all of western Loudoun. It’s not “if” it’s “when”. Every new zoning plan in the past 20 years has eaten away at rural zoning as development moves west from Fairfax. This will continue. Don’t waste your time resisting.

    Developers fund Loudoun politics making the decision makers beholden to them. Without developer support, a candidate has no chance of even being put up for election, much less elected. Buffington resisted, now he’s redistricted out of a seat.

    More particleboard and plastic siding as “townhomes” and “village centers” spring up.

  • 2022-02-22 at 10:02 am
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    Setting aside the issue of the fire station, there are a couple of new parks in western Loudoun being established, the state park at the Blue Ridge Center, and the new park in Lovettsville, which actually does include equestrian facilities and trails. So, while there’s obviously disagreement on the fire station, there’s also been some recent success on the park front. The development “creep” issue overall is all the more reason to support the upcoming zoning ordinance amendment to protect USDA prime ag soils when and if properties are subdivided, as well as to support funding for Loudoun’s newly reestablished Purchase of Development Rights program to help landowners protect their farms or future farmers.

  • 2022-02-22 at 10:23 am
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    The BoS has every intention of paving over western Loudoun County as rapidly as they can. Their constant lying about their intentions really ought to fool no one.

    There is no commitment to keeping the western county rural and there is no commitment to keeping the county green. Southeast Loudoun is now either western Fairfax or southern Maryland. It’s hard to tell the difference.

    Ironically, Covid may have substantially altered the pace of development here. It’s killed more than one retail project in this part of the county. And people won’t be desperate to live here if there are no amenities. Of course, Biden’s inflation may actually do more to slow development than Covid. But alas, we can’t count on Democrats to screw things up all the time. Eventually, somebody is going to straighten out the mess and ignite a new round of grown.

  • 2022-02-22 at 10:54 am
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    I think you all need to go back and reread some of the notes and reports about the Philomont Station. The building is outdated, and falling apart, there are not safe areas to eat and sleep, not sufficient bunk rooms to separate men and women, no facilities to decon equipment after a call. That building was built along time ago and does not meet the need of the current fire and rescue plan or the current NFPA Standards. Additionally the new apparatus is very hard to fit into the old fire house.

    As far as running so many apparatus on a “fender bender” they have to do that protect themselves from those of you that think they are not important and run by with your Starbucks in on hand and your phone in the other.

    • 2022-02-23 at 1:45 pm
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      A reasoned reply that will be ignored by the knee jerk NIMBY crowd. Maybe the old fire station can be torn down after the new one is built.

  • 2022-02-22 at 12:50 pm
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    Whenever you see new utilities and facilities being installed, you are seeing the development roadmap of the future. What is a key question insurers ask when you get homeowners insurance (or many other types of insurance? “What is the distance to the nearest fire station?” I guarantee you that, wherever this fire station lands, development around it is soon to follow.

    Democrats control the Board. Why do they keep stabbing the preservationists and environmentalists that they pretend to support in the back? Why do the preservationists and environmentalists continue to take Democrat abuse?

    The development community has controlled the Board for 25 years. Why do you think the second Western supervisor was just written out of the redistricting plan? Answer: to destroy development resistance.

  • 2022-02-22 at 2:15 pm
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    The Philomont Volunteer Fire Department has lost the support of the community it serves.

  • 2022-02-25 at 3:46 pm
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    Daniel Boone was right. When you can see the smoke from your neighbor’s chimney, it’s time to move on. All of this multifamily house in Loudoun County is “the smoke from your neighbor’s chimney.” It’s definitely getting to be that time to move on. Loudoun was recommended to me by some very wonderful folks because it was quiet and I could get a yard. I still have the yard but the quiet is long gone.

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