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Frustration with illegal construction

A letter writer supports Andrew Houghton (above) in his protesting of illegal construction in Surrey homes. -
A letter writer supports Andrew Houghton (above) in his protesting of illegal construction in Surrey homes.
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I was glad to see the issue of illegal building highlighted on The Leader’s front page (“Newton resident fuming over illegal building,” Oct. 4) as Andrew Houghton’s experience certainly reflects what I have regularly seen – illegal expansion of homes in Newton and Fleetwood.

Yet when I have called the city, nothing seemed to happen. I’ve also called in the past about people paving the rest of their front yards after the inspectors finish their work. I was told the city will not act upon people paving their gardens, and city residents and the inspectors are frustrated.

Some in this city just don’t believe the rules apply to them and unfortunately they usually get away with it, to the detriment of our city’s sustainability, traffic flow and natural environment.

I’m glad to hear Mayor Watts wants the bylaws upheld – hopefully the city will do that.

 

Dan Effa, Surrey

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