Letters to the Editor

Neighbourhoods not consulted over SFPR

Open letter to Mayor Dianne Watts and council:

Bolivar Heights and Port Mann Community Associations strongly support the needs of our neighbouring community to the West, Bridgeview, in removing the intersections at 124 Street as well as 136 Street.

Of all the communities along the South Fraser Perimeter Road (SFPR) route, Bolivar Heights and Bridgeview are particularly vulnerable to increasing traffic due to their proximity to the Port Mann and Pattullo bridges. These communities are access and bypass points to Surrey and neighbouring cities. The addition of these intersections presents hazards that are above and beyond that being placed on other communities and are without just cause.

Surrey’s mayor and council are responsible for protecting the well being and safety of Surrey’s residents. The SFPR project, as currently contemplated, puts the residents of the Bridgeview, Bolivar Heights and Port Mann communities at risk. Please note that the Bolivar Heights community has never been part of the formal SFPR consultation process.

Our community associations are anxious to work with the development teams at SFPR and the city to find a workable solution so that the goals of the SFPR project are met with minimal impact on our community’s residents. However, for the benefit of the residents of Bolivar Heights, Port Mann, Bridgeview, and our children who will live, learn and play beside the future SFPR, we ask that you support and involve us in your design decisions and protect our interests in this matter.

Pat Wilson, for the Bolivar Heights and

Port Mann Community Associations

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