LETTERS: Reactions to development

Letter writers in White Rock and South Surrey write of recent developments.

Editor:

I am sitting here in my small house with my doors and windows closed during this beautiful weather.

I moved to White Rock to enjoy a peaceful retirement but unfortunately, it is anything but these days. I have been in the area for 27 years and have never had to endure this level of noise.

Between the three-level monster constructions going on around me – one immediately beside me, one two lots away and one at the back of my property – it truly is as I imagine Armageddon would be

The very happy chappies on two of these sites seem unable to converse without shouting. I guess they have to do that to hear over their radio which is turned up full blast.

Adding to the noise, Epcor is upgrading in the block – undoubtedly to justify their rate increase.

They will go in a few days, which is more than I can say about the construction.

In 2013, we had a whole year of builds on our block, with the resulting road closures and disruptions.

June 2014 saw the start of another build, followed later in the year by yet another.

The one at the back of my property started a week or so ago, so it looks as if 2015 is going to be a nightmare.

Now I have to contend with the dust – cement dust, wood dust and coal dust; yes, I know what coal dust looks like as I spent my first 30 plus years living in London.

It would seem that those people taking readings do not appear to understand what this does to respiratory systems, or in fact care. Don’t get me started on the coal trains with their happy nighttime whistle blowers.

I have lost my view of pleasant landscaping, my privacy and I think my sanity will be the next to go!

Don’t tell me I can always move. Why should I? I was here first.

Jean Fisher, White Rock

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Editor:

This is what the City of Surrey allows allows in a well-established 1950s neighbourhood in Ocean Park.

Development

Not to mention the trees that were cut down to accommodate a 3,700-square-foot house on a 789-square-metre lot.

Yes, it affects us personally in more ways than one, but don’t think this won’t happen to you.

It’s happening everywhere, and there’s nothing we can do about it. Or is there?

We planted the big trees. They help a little.

Carol Savage, Surrey

 

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