Langley Township ignoring Fort Langley heritage designs

Rules are set in place to be followed, not ignored by a council that doesn't listen to citizens.

Editor: This letter has been sent to Langley Township council.

It is with concern and disappointment that we read about you ignoring the heritage guidelines that have been put in place in Fort Langley.

We moved to Fort Langley in 1992 and, although we had lived most of our lives in B.C., we were surprised to find this quaint little town. We plan to stay here another 20 years.

We hear over and over that folks come to visit because of its natural, roomy, back to the old days atmosphere, which is the very quality that has been successfully kept in place, at least until now.

I have been a good law-abiding citizen.  Rules, regulations and guidelines have all been put in place for very good and particular reasons.

We did not vote for you in particular, Mayor Jack Froese, because of a conversation I had with you which concerned me. It was about your goals. They did not include me and others who did vote for you, but instead your concern was for the welfare and happiness of the council itself.

Despite that, I still did not expect that the bylaws that were already in place to protect any situation, much less Fort Langley’s atmosphere, would be ignored.

Of course you have heard much about the disapproval some people have expressed about the building which is under construction at the corner of Glover and Mavis. True to the words I heard Mayor Froese say during the election campaign, you have ignored the very people who live here in this community.

Mayor Froese, I know you live here too. Many people who live here voted for you, and instead you have supported the builders.  Why would you go against the very folks that pay your salary and voted you in?

You are supposed to be an example to all those who you are mayor over. Anyone in authority has this responsibility.

Shall I follow your lead and ignore rules, bylaws and guidelines too? What would happen to me? I don’t have deep pockets.

I know there are some very good people on council.  Some I have worked with. But there are others whose motives I question.

I wish we could rest in your uprightness and good intentions as you work through your term in office.

 

Lois Hooks,

Fort Langley

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