LETTER: Surrey’s anything-goes building code is shameful

It is time to recognize the mismanagement by this mayor and council, who should change the slogan of “City of Parks” to “City of Perks.”

One reader says we should change “Surrey First” to “Developers First

The Editor,

This is to register my total disappointment with the elected officials of this city.  A Vancouver Sun front page story clearly indicates the total destruction of a one time jewel of the City of Surrey.

Check out all of the unnecessary clear cuts, the empty houses purchased for money laundering and the mega and row houses this city is a safe haven for.

The comment by the city manager as to the tree replacement policy is absurd. Why are old and established trees clear cut to be replaced with small trees?  Money talks and it is a typical double talk.

It is time to recognize the mismanagement by this mayor and council, who should change the slogan of “City of Parks” to “City of Perks.”

While we’re at it, they should change “Surrey First” to “Developers First,” and “City of Surrey” to “City of Sorry, the city where no tree casts a shadow on a house.”

It is so obvious that self-serving greed is the motivating factor in this city. It also appears that civil servants are running Surrey with mayor and council serving only as rubber stamps for a 64-page long, anything-goes  building code that is wide open for abuse.

Those who elected this group should be ashamed.

Julius G. Bekei, Surrey

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