LETTER: South Surrey-White Rock turning into area’s own Lower Manhattan

Editor:

What does it take to get the attention of our elected officials at city hall?

We vote them in to represent us and to do what is best for the community. That would mean listening to what people are saying, but are they? So when we get really mad, we vote them out. Then we watch the newly elected representatives do exactly what the old ones had done. It is a never-ending story.

I have not met a single person who likes the enormous high rises that have sprung up in White Rock in the last few years. They will have to change the name soon to Manhattan Rock. Thousands of people have moved here and traffic has become a tangled mess, but no one has done anything to improve roads or improve the infrastructure as a whole.

South Surrey is being flooded with townhouses. Everywhere you look, these complexes are springing up like tulips in spring. 16 Avenue was never meant to accommodate this amount of added traffic.

And now they want to build a four-storey, low-rental apartment complex for 52 families, with shops on the ground floor, on the corner of 16 Avenue and 160 Street, bordering the access road called Alder Place, which will also have the additional entry of cars, from the townhouses being built as we speak, between 16 Avenue and Alder Place.

This road is an access road only for two townhouse complexes in Alderwood Park. It is never serviced by Surrey, nor was it ever meant to accommodate traffic at a grand scale. So where in the past, approximately 65 units merged into 160 Street, there will now be literally hundreds more. Is that a realistic evaluation of the needs of the community?

Hardly anyone wants more townhouses in South Surrey and hardly anyone appreciates little old White Rock being turned into Lower Manhattan. Who are these elected officials and what the heck do they think they got elected for? It was to serve the interests of the community.

I was fortunate to have lived in this area when it was livable. It no longer is. Surrey city hall and White Rock councillors – be ashamed of yourselves for what you have done to a beautiful place.

Edie Williams, South Surrey

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