LETTERS: Ecological visions

Editor:

Re: Paving way for parking, Sept. 18.

Editor:

Re: Paving way for parking, Sept. 18.

Surrey Coun. Tom Gill is promoting another truck park and maintenance facility be established, this time converting a fish habitat/nature reserve in South Surrey.

The city changed its motto from “City of Parks” to “The Future Lives Here”, and we are seeing clearly what the future is. The roads are currently congested with trucks and the air is polluted from their dirt and exhaust.

His position has created a public outcry, and hopefully, the public will be heard.

If not, then conservationists like myself will be driven out of Surrey, and this minority of the working population will continue to destroy our dwindling nature lands.

R. Conley, Surrey

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I just don’t get it. In Friday’s paper, I learned that the City of Surrey intends to appropriate the Riverside Golf Centre property to create a park (Civic expropriation to close Riverside, Sept. 25).

It is already a “green” area and the owner is willing to allow for a riverside walkway to be created on a portion of the land.

The week before, many readers were shocked to hear of city plans to begin devastation of an environmentally sensitive and wildlife-rich area in Campbell Heights (Ecological area eyed for development, Sept. 26) – even to pave part of it for a truck-parking facility.

Why not leave the golf course – with the great idea of a riverside walkway – and make a park in the Campbell Heights area preserving its sensitive environment and wildlife habitat?

You could ask if Surrey’s left hand knows what its right hand is doing, or just call it a ludicrous paradox.

Ann Harris, Surrey