TeamSurrey unveils platform focusing on crime reduction

SURREY – TeamSurrey unveiled its platform Tuesday, focusing on "a safer city, a stronger city and an accountable city."


Running under the banner are former MLA Brenda Locke and commercial realtor Stephen Gammer.


TeamSurrey promises to implement a "safer Surrey strategy" by creating a public safety commissioner to co-ordinate city services such as police, bylaws, parks and recreation, engineering and more.


As well, Locke and Gammer have committed to putting 100 community officers on the streets of each of the six town centres. They promise to hire 25 new bylaw officers and implement a "no call too small" strategy into the bylaw department to "address the root causes of social crime such as graffiti and garbagestrewn properties." As well, they say they will support neighbourhood and business crime prevention programs.


The two-person team says they will develop a plan for social services and infrastructure that keeps pace with growth. To do that, they promise to address homelessness and social housing needs; allowing for affordable rental housing in secondary suites; petition the provincial and federal governments for day care funding, restore Community Access Grants; advocate to TransLink; improve major roads to allow for movement of people and goods; work to replace the Pattullo Bridge; develop a plan for SkyTrain or Light Rail Transit that reaches to Newton, South Surrey Cloverdale, Clayton Heights and Guildford; and to work with stakeholders to realign the BNSF railway tracks.

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