Letters to the Editor

LETTERS: No proof of sustainability


Re: Living proof of sustainability, April 10.

The “living wall” at Semiahmoo Library is anything but proof of sustainability. Some folks seem to have forgotten this “living wall” cost Surrey taxpayers an extra quarter of a million dollars to construct.

In addition, we have not seen any figures on annual maintenance costs, and we’re likely not going to as I’m sure they are well buried in the parks and recreation budget.

Lastly, I have seen no information regarding how the life expectancy of the wall may be impacted, versus a standard wall. Will the moisture over a period of years adversely impact on its strength and imperviousness? As the building ages, will it require extra maintenance and repairs?

Only time will tell the real story.

I have no real problem with the appearance, but it would have been a great wall to paint a historical picture/collage of this community’s early days. Paintings in other communities have been beautiful, and they draw a lot of positive attention. They also cost a lot less.

There may be a small heating cost saving over the year, but that is only a fraction of the very large construction price tag and ongoing maintenance costs I foresee.

And to think that our officials are planning these on other municipal buildings is outrageous. Just think how many extra police officers or city constables could be hired to better protect our citizens instead of all those hundreds of thousands of dollars going to “living walls.” What other badly needed or overworked community services could be helped with some of that money?

I think it’s time taxpayers let their mayor and council know taxes are high enough, and what they collect would be better spent on protecting our citizens and improving services throughout this large, growing city.

Tim Roark, Surrey



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