Letters to the Editor

Bitterness in Fort Langley doesn't bode well for future

Editor: I am a longtime resident of Fort Langley, who with my brother George, established a medical practice in the village in the late 1950s. I am appalled by the anger, hostility and rancour which has been engendered over the proposed Coulter Berry building. The unkind bitterness exhibited does not bode well for the village. This hostility and malice appears to stem mainly from those flashing “yellow hands.” It does little toward forwarding their argument and only furthers the split.

At one time, Fort Langley was a “pass through” for those heading for the Albion Ferry and held little or no interest.  Even the Fort was only one building used for storage. A large lumber mill was the mainstay for the village  All of that has changed, and changed very much for the better.

On retiring we left for other climes, always having a hankering to return to this unique place we called home. After 30 years, we have returned and now find not a small, tired hamlet but a vibrant, thriving, bedroom community for Vancouver, with dwellings in the million-dollar mark. Fort Langley has become a destination point of considerable interest with a refurbished Fort back to its original state, a Cranberry Festival and notable shops.

The Coulter Berry complex and the vision of this developer is something for which to be thankful. Some may prefer a smaller scale but at this stage it looks as though we have only two choices, as a two-storey building is not an option.

One, council rejects this application and our beautiful village is left with the ‘Heritage Hole’ for some considerable time, or alternatively we accept with grace and gratitude this outstanding LEED gold standard building, and proceed accordingly.

Oh by the way, it is doubtful that this building will block out the sun.

Please stop the animus.

 

M. Neilson,

Langley

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