Glen Valley lands need assessment

Aldergrove conservation group says Glen Valley lands up for sale need a proper environmental assessment.

Editor: We, the members of the Bertrand Creek Enhancement Society, would like to express our opposition to the sale of the eight properties in Glen Valley (north of 84 Avenue, bounded by 252 and 264 Streets) by the Township of Langley. We are community members of Aldergrove.

We do not believe the lands have been adequately assessed for their ecological significance nor their social value in respect to the community or Langley at large. We would like to encourage the mayor and council to stall the sale of these lands until they can be properly valued and the possibility of setting all or most of them aside as park space is considered.

As members of the Aldergrove community, we understand the sale of these lands is intended to help fund the community centre we have been promised for the past 20 years. Funds for our community centre should have been collecting for more than 20 years, as well as DCC’s collected from the recent developments in Aldergrove.

Losing precious park space in one area of the community to fund concrete buildings in another is a shame that should be worn by past councils for failing to be responsible with public moneys, and will be worn by this council if it supports this sale.

We request that council reconsider the sale of these ecologically significant lands.

Bertrand Creek

Enhancement Society

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