OUR VIEW: Surrey has more pressing needs than ferris wheels and beaches

We’ve heard of politicians promising a chicken for every pot but a ferris wheel must be a first.

Linda Hepner wants a ferris wheel in Bridgeview. That’s swell but we think readers will agree that seasoned politicians should have a better sense of what the city needs when there are much more pressing issues to deal with, crime being one of them.

Just check out page 12 of today’s Now. Over the past few days, we’ve heard of hit-and-run crashes, a stabbing, a body being found on a Newton street, a Surrey bus being shot at and a young girl being trounced by a group of young thugs.

Yet, Surrey First’s mayoral candidate Linda Hepner reportedly wants a ferris wheel in Bridgeview, wants to remove an existing arena to build a new one (?) and would like to set up a "creative" zone along a strip of King George that hardly lends itself to the prevailing socio-economic issues in the area.

She’s also suggested that a beach be developed at Surrey Lake, which is fed by a tributary of the Serpentine River (Yuck).

One might give Hepner some marks for creativity, but these suggestions of hers seem to not only be ill-conceived but also made on the fly. As for the latter, at least we hope so.

There are so many more pressing issues Surrey needs to deal with before city leaders should even entertain these kinds of projects.

So hey, Surrey First, how’s about first things first?

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