A council meeting at Surrey City Hall tonight will be attended by parents opposed to the latest development projects being proposed for the South Newton area.
Cindy Dalglish is a member of the South Newton Community group, she joined Simi Sara to talk about the latest in the development vs. infrastructure issue that has been plaguing neighbourhoods in Surrey as of late.
One of the developments consists of 48 townhouses that happen to be right beside a school where there are already plans to have nine portables added to accommodate the growing number of students.
The next nearest school is located on the other side of King George Highway.
“It speaks to how desperate it is within our community that they have to go across a major road to get to the next school over.”
And that’s only one of two developments that threaten to break the school system’s capacity to accommodate future students.
Another proposed development at 152nd and Panorama Drive will have 181 townhouses and 106 apartment units.
Both of the proposed developments are outside of the South Newton Neighbourhood Plan.
Dalglish says the city hasn’t really listened to the parents, pointing the finger to the province.
“Tonight we’re hoping to hold them accountable and let them know that each time they allow a development to happen that is outside the neighbourhood concept plan, that they are personally and professionally responsible for that.”
She’s hoping that message will get across.
LISTEN to the full interview here: