Opinion

NIMBY Response

Editor: The smear campaign by the Pousties against the Brookswood Baptist Church expansion (The Times, Oct. 31) is self-serving. The area behind the church is an old gravel pit, not zoned park and to my knowledge is not part of Bell Park. Bell Park is developed at 38 Avenue and 205 Street.

There is strong support in this community for the efforts of the Brookswood Baptist Church, who continue to expand to serve our youth. From street hockey, basketball games, youth nights and community garage sales, this group has added value to everyone in our neighborhood. 

How can anyone not support what this church group has done in this community? The addition of a gym and classrooms on a half- acre of the old gravel pit is a positive improvement. There is wide open sight lines from setbacks, and many mature trees already exist as buffers.

I am sure council will hear from the Pousties if and when new trails, parking lots, soccer pitches and overhead lights make their way behind their home for future Township uses. The addition is for the betterment of the whole community.

This community has deeper roots than the Pousties. Thank goodness the majority of us here in this community can still recognize good value and view their complaints for what they really are — NIMBYism and self-serving propaganda.

  K. Smith,

Brookswood

Editor’s note — The Langley Township ad published by The Times relating to the sale states that “the area being disposed of is an approximately one-half acre portion of Bell Park.”

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