OUR VIEW: Daunting task ahead for Surrey’s defenders of Hawthorne Park

Surrey residents’ campaign to protect Hawthorne Park from city council’s plan to run a road through it presents yet another case study in what democracy is all about.

Surrey residents’ campaign to protect Hawthorne Park from city council’s plan to run a road through it presents yet another case study in what democracy is all about.

The group on Monday presented council with a 5,000-signature petition calling for the proposed 105 Avenue Road, between Whalley Boulevard and 150th Street, to “be cancelled as we do not want a road of any kind put through Hawthorne Park. We want Hawthorne Park to be preserved for community, for future generations and for the wildlife living there.”

It left instead with a new challenge to gather, by Sept. 22, the signatures at least 10 per cent of Surrey’s electors opposing it, or council will take further steps to ensure the project gets done. The estimated number of signatures required is 30,372.

It’s a daunting task, but it can be done. Against similarly intimidating odds, residents of Metro Vancouver successfully rejected a TransLink plan to impose a 0.5 per cent sales tax to help pay for major infrastructure projects, in 2015.

Likewise, in 2011 British Columbians rejected the Harmonized Sales Tax, or HST, through a referendum.

Both of those were hard-fought battles, as the Hawthorne Park matter is proving to be.

It will be interesting to see if those campaigning against the Hawthorne Park road can pull it off.

Now-Leader

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

Just Posted

Popular rector retires after 12 years with St. Mark’s Anglican Church

‘A good moment to step away,’ says Craig Tanksley

Surrey tells Uber to cease operations in city, but company ‘respectfully’ declines

Ridesharing company told to stop operating within the city by 9 p.m. Jan. 24

Surrey RCMP investigate report of explosion at home

‘Emotionally elevated’ person taken ‘safely’ into custody: police

Man killed in fall from 3 Civic Plaza balcony in Surrey

Heavy emergency services presence in plaza at the skyscraper, at 13475 Central Ave.

Ride-hailing arrives in North Delta

Uber’s picking up passengers in North Delta, Ladner, but Tsawwassen is still waiting for the service

People knowingly take fentanyl so make policy changes to reduce harm: B.C. study

Dr. Jane Buxton, an epidemiologist at the centre, says drug users need more resources,

‘My heart is going to bleed’: Bodies brought back to Canada following Iran plane crash

Remains of Sahar Haghjoo, 37, and her eight-year-old daughter, Elsa Jadidi, were identified last weekend

UBC grad and sister killed in Iran plane crash had bright futures ahead, close friend says

Asadi-Lari siblings Mohammad Hussein and Zeynab were two of 57 Canadians aboard downed Flight PS752

Coronavirus concerns cause cancellation of Langley Lunar New Year celebration

Close to 1,000 were expected to attend the annual Live In Langley event on Saturday

Second earthquake in two days strikes near Agassiz

A 2.6-magnitude recorded Saturday morning

BCLC opens novelty bet on Harry and Meghan moving to the west coast

Meanwhile, real estate agency points to four possible homes for the family

Canada slips in global corruption ranking in aftermath of SNC-Lavalin scandal

The country obtained a score of 77, which places it at the top in the Americas

Wuhan bans cars, Hong Kong closes schools as coronavirus spreads

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said her government will raise its response level to emergency, highest one

Most Read

l -->