Public appeal outside Riverside Golf Centre.

Legal appeal silences civic delegation

Land expropriation of property housing Riverside Golf Centre now before the courts.

A South Surrey man whose business is being shut down after the city expropriated his property was told by city staff he’s not allowed to present council with a 900-signature petition calling for the decision to be reversed.

Ken Poirier, general manager of Riverside Golf Centre, told Peace Arch News this week he had planned to appear as a delegation before Surrey city council Nov. 2. He had hoped to appear in regards to the city’s expropriation of the 16-acre parcel of land at 3600 King George Blvd., which houses a driving range, Par 3 nine-hole golf course and pro-shop and has been in operation for nearly 50 years.

However, on Monday, Poirier said he was shocked to learn from the city clerk that he can’t present to council for legal reasons.

“That’s what you’d expect in a dictatorship,” Poirier said, calling the reasoning “ridiculous.”

“So after we go to court in two or three years, then we can talk to council?”

City solicitor Anthony Capuccinello confirmed to PAN Wednesday that Poirier would not be able to appear before council, because the matter is still before the courts.

Although the expropriation was finalized in June, the compensation – which Poirier said last month is a fraction of what he feels the property is worth – is the subject of an appeal claim.

“When you have matters that are in litigation, it is the practice of the city not to have delegations before council,” Capuccinello said. “There are a variety of reasons for that, the biggest one being that it’s before the courts and there are issues of privilege.”

The city’s reasoning for taking over the land, according to an expropriation notice delivered in January and a subsequent inquiry in April, is to “acquire open land for park purposes for biodiversity conservation, passive recreation and the viewing of wildlife and scenery.”

The city also plans to extend Crescent Road across King George Boulevard to connect with Winter Crescent.

With almost 900 signatures in hard copy form petitioning for the city to reconsider, and another 225 online, Poirier said he hoped to show council the impact the golf course’s closure will have on residents.

“They’re basically surgically cutting out part of the social fabric of the community,” Poirier said, noting he has many customers who have been golfing there for decades. “That’s the thing that’s being lost on council.”

When reached for comment, Mayor Linda Hepner said on advice from her legal counsel neither she nor other members of council would discuss the matter.

Poirier said the city is trying to get him to agree to vacate the property by the end of January. In the meantime, he is having his own appraisal of the land done and has retained legal counsel for renegotiation purposes.

– with files from Kevin Diakiw

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Upgrades underway at the Sunnyside Reservoir, adjacent to Sunnyside Acres Urban Forest, raised concerns among some residents Tuesday (Oct. 20), however, stewards of the park say everything went off without a hitch. (Tracy Holmes photo)
‘No issue’ with South Surrey reservoir drainage, despite trail user concerns: urban forest steward

Forest visitor taken aback by ‘unprecedented flooding’ of trails

A new 23-storey condo development – which might also house a new White Rock city hall space – is proposed for the current site of 3 Dogs Brewing on Johnston Road, and will be discussed by the Land Use and Planning committee on Oct. 26. (File photo)
Civic centre could be part of new 23-storey White Rock condo tower

Development proposal to be discussed Oct. 26 by council’s land use committee

(Image: CDC)
Fraser Health orders Surrey food-processing facility to close amid COVID-19 outbreak

Staff member at Surrey long-term care facility also tests positive for the virus

The number of new COVID-19 cases in the Fraser South region has doubled in the last two weeks. The number of cases in the Fraser East region has tripled.
Chart: Tyler Olsen
COVID-19 surge in B.C. fuelled by spikes in new cases in Fraser Valley & Surrey area

Number of newly confirmed cases has tripled in Fraser Valley and doubled in the Surrey/Langley area

B.C. provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry gives a daily briefing on COVID-19 cases at an almost empty B.C. Legislature press theatre in Victoria, B.C., on March 25, 2020. (Don Craig/B.C. government)
B.C. sees 223 new COVID-19 cases, now 2,009 active

Two new care home outbreaks in Surrey, Burnaby

BC Liberals Leader Andrew Wilkinson, BC Greens Sonia Furstenau, BC NDP John Horgan (The Canadian Press photos)
British Columbians vote in snap election called during COVID-19 pandemic

At dissolution, the NDP and Liberals were tied with 41 seats in the legislature, while the Greens held two seats

The possibility of the Canadian Premier League expanding to the Fraser Valley has been floated online. (Facebook photo)
Canadian Premier League possibly eyeing Fraser Valley expansion

Soccer league looking to add ninth team to the mix, B.C. markets potentially rumoured

Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

100 Mile Conservation officer Joel Kline gingerly holds an injured but very much alive bald eagle after extracting him from a motorist’s minivan. (Photo submitted)
B.C. driver thought he retrieved a dead bald eagle – until it came to life in his backseat

The driver believed the bird to be dead and not unconscious as it turned out to be

Chastity Davis-Alphonse took the time to vote on Oct. 21. B.C’s general Election Day is Saturday, Oct. 24. (Chastity Davis-Alphonse Facebook photo)
B.C. reconciliation advocate encourages Indigenous women to vote in provincial election

Through the power of voice and education Chastity Davis-Alphonse is hopeful for change

A Le Chateau retail store is shown in Montreal on Wednesday July 13, 2016. Le Chateau Inc. says it is seeking court protection from creditors under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act to allow it to liquidate its assets and wind down its operations.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Clothing retailer Le Chateau plans to close its doors, files for CCAA protection

Le Chateau said it intends to remain fully operational as it liquidates its 123 stores

Most Read