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Councillor Davis' signs show a lack of respect
Editor: While driving several weeks ago, I took a different route than usual, and found myself on 216 Street, north of Glover Road. It is not my usual route, but given the horrendous traffic on 208 Street, I thought I’d try 83 Avenue as it turns into 216 Street and joins up to Glover Road.
However, what was supposed to be a leisurely detour through the beautiful farms of Milner ended up raising my blood pressure. As I drove past the historic Davistead Farms, I saw a big sign on their property that reads “We support heritage guidelines, do you?”
Davistead farms is owned and operated by David Davis, who is a Langley Township councillor.
Given the recent Fort Langley hoopla and the odd Hands on Heritage yellow hand print that I see in the area, I am to assume that this signage is a reminder to all the residents of Langley as to where Davis stands on the recent issues.
Considering that there is a pending lawsuit against the Township of Langley regarding design guidelines in a heritage conservation area, I find it completely inappropriate for an elected member of Township council, or any other staff member for that matter, to flaunt such disregard for matters before the courts, regardless of where he stands on the issue.
It’s about respect for our legal system. Opinions should be reserved until the matter at hand is resolved.
I assume he has done this to rally the troops behind him come election time, but really all he has done points out the fact that he does not have a grasp on the issues at hand.
I say that because, in fact, there is no such thing as heritage guidelines in Fort Langley. There are Fort Langley building facade design guidelines, but surely an elected official understands that you can’t interchange the words Fort Langley for heritage. Fort Langley is more than its heritage.
Davis does not need his sign to state his position. His voting record speaks louder than words.
He must not like Fort Langley very much or he wishes it to stay stuck in the 1960s. He has voted “No” to every single thing that has come to the council chambers (except one), whether it fell within the design guidelines or not. Keeping out progress is bad governance, and to me, that indicates where he comes from.
Susan T. Morris,