“Price To Pay” – CBC story w/ Susana da Silva

Mayor Dianne Watts says “Newton has not  been neglected…” in this following clip, despite everything we know to be reality. Both residents and business owners who actually deal with the consequences of the cities neglect daily are  very eager to see the unveiling of the mayors new Newton Plan at the June 16th council meeting. And let me be clear about one thing: I do not live within the slum-like area of the Newton core, my residential neighbourhood is quite some distance away and yet we have increasingly begun to see the effects of that neglect within the Newton core- in fact, it stands out even more because it is a nice residential area.

 The hookers have moved as far away from King George as Panorama Ridge and are heading towards Scott Road, and along with them the requisite dial a dope dealers in their pimped out cars and suvs. Perhaps when the mayor and council start seeing these factors within their own neighbourhoods, they will realise what needs to be done. There is no such thing as isolating social degradation and confining it to one area, at least not in Surrey.

 Listen to the clip of Susana’s story here :

http://www.cbc.ca/mrl3/8752/bc/ondemand/video/bc-080608-newton-project-DA-SILVA.wmv

 

 

5 Comments on ““Price To Pay” – CBC story w/ Susana da Silva

  1. Mayor Watts can’t even buy her own crap seeing as she’s so full of it. She couldn’t care less about Surrey because she lives in White Rock.

    The real “driving force” or should I say idiot behind this urban sprawl was the previous Mayor, Doug McCallum. Five years ago, He pushed all the junkies, hookers, bums and dope fiends to Guildford, Fleetwood, Newton, Cloverdale and Langley.
    Like Watts, he also doesn’t live in Surrey.

    As a Fleetwood resident for many years, I have seen a lot more drug dealers, junkies and bums lurking around. But these problems stay because there’s too many bleeding heart morons who live in a fantasy world of illusions.

    Mayor Watts won’t count on my vote this November. If you don’t live in Surrey, then you shouldn’t be running the place.

  2. “Perhaps when the mayor and council start seeing these factors within their own neighbourhoods …”

    Well, if Surrey’s anything like Burnaby, they probably live in neighborhoods with private security so they’re alright, Jack.

  3. Mikey- The good that came from this coverage was swift.

    The Association for Sustainable Communities chose Newton as their first focus for action. Unfortunately though, it seems as if it will be an unhill battle for people like me who believe the answer is to address the social issues and crime that plague us.

    Their answer seems still to be beautification efforts, and all action is stalled until a city planner has been hired- at great cost, I might add- to determine how to motivate residents ,and come up with some “plan”, I guess.

    Personally, it seems to be a ridiculous thing to do, when what needs to be done is to handle all areas at once, to avoid simply transplanting the problems to another neighbourhood.

    David:

    I don’t know about security, but I do know her home is in a neighbourhood that isnt having issues like this. I’m starting to think we need to just pick up all the hookers and dealers, and drop them off in front of counsellors/mayors abodes so they know what we feel like.

    Its embaressing to not have people over to my nice home because they have to drive by the ho’s on the corner three blocks away.

  4. “’I’m starting to think we need to just pick up all the hookers and dealers, and drop them off in front of counsellors/mayors abodes so they know what we feel like.”

    Imo what we need all over is the ward system where someone who claims to represent us has to live amongst us.

  5. I agree. One who lives and works and does their daily business in areas not affected by such blights in the evening ( and daylight hours), really has no inkling of what ” reality” is. Most counsellors drive by these areas, cozy in their snug SUV’s or luxury vehicles, and think THANK GOD I DONT LIVE HERE….

    My cul- de -sac looks very nice during the day – a normal,middle class neighbourhood, well kept by residents – and one driviing through wouldn’t think there was an issue. However, when one looks closer, the seedy element becomes starkly apparent, as I’ve shown in many photos here.