Letter from a reader: “Is there anyone looking out for the interests of the general public here???”

Catching up on the emails from my contact page here on the site today, and received this letter from a reader in Delta, who has cancer and is forced to travel to Surrey for treatments – via transit. I rarely post letters from people here, but this one really struck me.

He has noticed something that needs some attention in the city of Surrey, and he is not happy about it. And although I have noticed the sidewalk had been out for a very long time as well, I did not think of the impact it would have on those going to and from the many health care resources located just a couple of blocks down by the hospital, in particular as he writes, you are not aware of this in advance.

He makes some excellent points.

Your Worship Ms. Linda M. Hepner
And Members of Surrey Council
13450 104 Avenue
Surrey, BC V3T 1V8

Coast Capitol Credit Union
Board of Directors
4th Floor, 15117 101 Avenue
Surrey, BC V3R 8P7

Hon. Tod Stone
Minister of Transport
PO BOX 9055
STN PROV GOVT
VICTORIA, BC
V8W 9E2

Dear Madams and Sirs

For the Last Month I’ve had the Curse of Cancer and the Treatments to Battle the disease .

Which take me unfortunately to Your Community .

I’m forced to travel by transit to the Surrey Cancer Centre .

The curse has robbed me of a portion of my sight my ability to drive!

What I’ve found that is absolutely amazing is that the whole time period that I’ve been attending the Cancer Clinic and BEYOND THAT I’ve Been reliably informed .

There has been a EXTENSIVE closure of the Side walk along King George Highway STARTING on the Eastern Side of the Roadway for what appears to be Several Blocks Heading to the South . Thus Blocking off Pedestrian access to the King George Skytrain Station from the South for a Prolonged Period .

Forcing Hundreds of Pedestrians SOME Of Whom are Elderly and Infirmed , On Wheel chairs, with other Health Issues that are using this Route to get to the Main Hospital in the area .

One would THINK that the Developer Especially a ” Community Oriented Organization LIKE Coast Capital Credit Union Would Put the Interests of the Members of the Public FIRST and foremost ??? And expedite repairs and construction that Interfere with the Use of a IMPORTANT PUBLIC ACCESS ????
This incident further confirms a pattern here in the Lower Mainland Where DEVELOPERS and Speculators seem to have FREE Rain with are PUBLIC STREETS and Access they seem to have e NO PROBLEM blocking off roadway and public amenities and denying access to Public Properties at Will THIS is a Prime Case in Point .

HOW ?? Can this Extensive Shut Down Be JUSTIFIED ??? IS THERE ANYONE LOOKING OUT FOR THE INTERESTS OF THE GENERAL PUBLIC HERE ???

We have all sorts of Contractors and Business organizations Lobbying for the Industry’s WHOM is Looking after the Interests of the PUBLIC HERE ???

AND THIS IS A EXCELLENT DEMONSTRATION OF THE ABUSES’ OF ARE PUBLIC ACCESS ROUTES IF THERE WAS ANY
During My frequent passes of this sight I have YET to see anyone actually WORKING to resolve this Blockage of a Important safety and access route for Pedestrians .

There is a Problem here as This Creates a Long and Laborious detour to Infirmed People Especially IF they are Not aware of the Detour in advance .

It forces people to make long waits on NUMEROUS Traffic control Lights and pass over a Major Highway several times Depending on How they Make there approach .

For Healthily Individuals with TIME on there hands No Problem !

For the elderly and sick it is a Impediment to access.
Just WHOM is looking after the interests of the PUBLIC when it comes to these Projects ? WHY has this been permitted to continue ??

PLEASE JUST HOW DO YOU JUSTIFY THIS ?? ARE WE SOLELY CONCERNED WITH THE DEVELOPERS RATHER THEN THE INTERESTS AND COSTS TO THE PUBLIC WHICH I guess YOU SERVE THIS IS SO blatant

Yours Richard Swanston

Delta BC V4M 2H2

I’m sincerely hoping Coast Capital as an involved community member, can address this situation. Richard is but one person who took the time to write- how many others have been in this situation but have not been able to do the same?

While ambulatory patients can use the Fraser Health employee shuttle, it is only if space allows and you have a doctors note- employees etc are given preference. And, I’m not entirely sure how many people are even informed this exists. http://www.fraserhealth.ca/your-stay/amenities-and-services/shuttle/

That shuttle however,doesn’t help people who are not patients,but simply needing to get to the doctors office,have tests, visit patients etc. who still may be elderly or infirm.

**Update. Coast Capital has advised they are looking into this and speaking with the developer and the city to see what can be done. I will keep this post updated as I learn any new information.

BREAKING NEWS 9:40 pm March 3rd: RCMP investigate reports of shots fired in Newton – again.

68th avenue blocked off to traffic as police investigate reports of shots fired near the scene of Friday nights shootout
68th avenue blocked off to traffic as police investigate reports of shots fired near the scene of Friday nights shootout

The second period  of the Canucks game had just started  at about 8pm, as the sound of shots rang loud and clear as if outside my door. I froze in disbelief and shivered as I listened in shock.

4 shots in quick succession, followed by perhaps another 4, slower and more deliberate .

Making sure someone was in charge of the kids, I grabbed my camera and ran down the street at full speed ….. to the sound of sirens approaching.

By the time I made it to 68th avenue, officers were arriving on the scene and I joined up with one of them as we walked towards the home where the most recent shootout occurred.

At the time of this posting, ( 9:42 pm) police are investigating with dogs, and it seems pertinant to note that the shots were fired in the area of the same home where a shootout occurred Friday night around midnight.

RCMP have confirmed that a single male appeared shortly thereafter at a local hospital with ” non life-threatening injuries”, but at this time no names or other statements have been released.

RCMP dogs search for evidence
RCMP dogs search for evidence

I spoke with some of the people on the scene, and it is clear that the neighbourhood has undergone a radical change in recent years. A trio of ladies I spoke with nodded in agreement when talking about the problems we are facing with drugs and prostitution, and now, gang violence. It was mentioned that there are several gangsters who are known to live in the immediate area, which lead to talk about how we can protect ourselves if we are not even safe to walk our dogs at night without fear of being in the cross fire.

An Indian man I spoke with, Ranjit, whose home is only doors away from the home where the recent shootout occurred, suggested that ” we all get together and pull the gangster out of his house and tape him to a power pole so they can be done with him. Then we can all live without fear for a while.”

He is afraid to let his kids play in the living room that faces the street where the shootings have occurred and is angry. Angry that these people live among us. Angry that nothing is easing the violence.

Key words there ?  ” live without fear for a while.”

I  have to mention how impressed I am with the speed that the RCMP flooded the area with their presence. It was handled quickly, quietly and with the professionalism that one expects from such a revered institution. Kudos go out on response time tonight.

*** update 4:30 am – CKNW is reporting the male who was shot in this incident is in intensive care, and  that there was another drive by shooting last night at 155 and 100th ave in Surrey around midnight, where shots were fired into a home known to police.