In October of 2009, myself and many, many people from the non-profit sector as well as church and social groups came out in support of the revitalization of Newton and the development of a small casino.
The supposed vision was improving the lives of many people. That has not happened.
Today, we have a very large project proposed to take place in South Surrey. It is up to every person in Surrey to stand up and be counted. Your opinion is important. This can not only affect you, but your family members as well.
Newton is a wonderful area, full of potential. It also has many social programs, halfway homes, drug recovery homes, etc. I am not in any way saying this is wrong, for anytime we can support our fellow brothers and sisters, we should.
What I am saying though is this: Newton residents should consider developing a group and make it known to the city of Surrey how they want their area developed.
What has been done to revitalize the strip mall since 2009? Nothing. In October of 2009, I did not hear any residents of Newton speak at the meeting regarding the slots coming to Newton. It was people (including myself) from the non-profit sector, social groups and church groups all in support of this casino.
Most of us did not even live in the area. The decision for this casino was based on our input, not the residents of Newton.
It is very disturbing the route this entire project has taken from start to finish. How did so many things take place without the city knowing?
Do we need a Las Vegas site in Surrey? And at what cost to people?
Stand up and be counted, for if you don’t and this project goes through, then you have nothing to complain about.
When the next municipal election comes, make sure you remember how your voice was heard at city hall. Vote for change on Surrey council. Everyone is replaceable.