The view on Vidal Street Monday will spread unless White Rock makes significant changes

LETTERS: A lot of parking woes on horizon

Editor:

I note with interest the letters to the editor written with regard to construction-worker parking.

Editor:

I note with interest the letters to the editor written with regard to construction-worker parking on the many streets surrounding Cressy Development’s Beverley on Vidal Street (Parking pains add to coffers, Sept. 23; Civic-minded patrol adds up, Sept. 28; Officers already vigilant enough, Oct. 5 ).

On behalf of many multifamily residences on Blackwood and adjacent streets, our concerns about construction-worker street parking were transmitted to the White Rock mayor and city council on Aug. 4.

Their reply was an automatic email. Shortly thereafter, the parking manager, with a page of words, replied, generally stating: sorry, there is nothing the city can do.

Being concerned for the safety of many elderly residents that health workers, caregivers, emergency services and service providers are unable to secure nearby parking – and that the bylaw officers were having a field day issuing parking violations – the problem was discussed in a meeting with MLA Gordon Hogg (Surrey-White Rock). As a previous mayor of White Rock, he was familiar with our concerns.

Hogg contacted Coun. Lynne Sinclair on our behalf, requesting her assistance. Initially, we thought we had an ally. Sinclair supported our position and indicated she would present our concerns to city officials on their return from summer vacation. After a reminder on Sept. 8, Sinclair reportedly followed up with CAO Dan Bottrill. Ignored, and still with no reply, a second reminder was transmitted to Sinclair Oct. 2. She forgot.

It is apparent our concerns have fallen on deaf ears.

Our concerns:

The City of White Rock appears to encourage highrise developments, some outside of the Official Community Plan, to increase their revenue base. In doing so, they have failed to fully consider the impact on current taxpaying residents – congested street parking, water, sewer and emergency services, traffic or public safety.

• With the Cressy development’s concrete phase nearing completion, parking on surrounding streets will be exacerbated with the influx of additional sub-trade workers, plumbers, electricians, HVAC et al.

• Many other developments – such as the Elegant, Royce Tower and Landmark Prestige – are seeking approval in this corridor. Additional highrise development construction in this and other areas will severely compound existing street parking problems.

Residents neighbouring current and future developments hereby request the City of White Rock immediately mandate developers and contractors, at their expense, to provide off-street parking and transportation for construction workers as a condition of their application approval. Other considerations, such as noise, street damage and regular street maintenance, should also be contemplated.

Without significant change to development agreements, these issues could soon be in your neighbourhood.

Robert Phillips, White Rock

 

 

Just Posted

South Surrey man collecting signatures to keep RCMP

Ivan Scott is attending SPD info sessions with his petition

Days numbered for Surrey’s Back on Track recovery homes

As operator pledges to fight, clients predict loss will ‘send us back in our addiction’

City of White Rock responds to Lady Alexandra court petition

City says it did not breach ‘obligation of procedural fairness’

South Surrey Spirit Garden to host Solstice Stroll

Candlelight event to begin at 8 p.m. June 22

Semiahmoo First Nation opens cannabis dispensary

Indigenous Bloom partners with First Nations

10 facts about Father’s Day

Did you know that the special day for dads was first celebrated in 1910?

Parents of BC murder victim want personal belongings returned

Lisa Dudley’s parents, Rosemarie and Mark Surakka, were at the Mission RCMP detachment Sunday

B.C. VIEWS: When farmland protection doesn’t protect farmers

Secondary residences aren’t mansions, families tell Lana Popham

Bombers down B.C. Lions 33-23 in season opener

Former Lion Andrew Harris leads Winnipeg with 148 rushing yards

Northern B.C. family remembers murdered Indigenous woman with memorial walk

Still no closure for Ramona Wilson’s family 25 years later

Pride flag taken down by Township of Langley

Woman said she was told it was removed from her front yard because of a complaint

B.C. university to offer mentorship program for former youth in care

Students using the provincial tuition waiver program will soon be able to form a community at KPU

Cyclists competing in one of the toughest bike races on the planet pass through Fernie

Divide riders looking strong as they finish first leg of 4160 km race

You might not know these B.C. records are public

Hired a lawyer to file a civil claim? Those are published online

Most Read

l -->