Not a single voice supported the Township Council's decision to sell the municipally owned five forested lots in Glen Valley.
At the Dec. 10 meeting, all eight delegates, representing a cross section of concerned citizens, ecologists, lawyers, professors, and children (yes, one of the speakers was a child) opposed the sale of the Glen Valley forested lands.
They supported their positions with sound reasoning and recommendations. Viewpoints ranged from the need for biodiversity, bioethnicity, endangered species protection of flora and fauna, and the environmentally sensitivity of the area. Added also were the interest and concern of government agencies, Langley Heritage groups, and the redirection of the Trans Canada Trail through these lands.
Important to note also was the great support from various famous artists, poets, and musicians for the preservations of these age-old forests.
A point repeatedly brought forth by the delegates was the price quoted to WOLF: $3 million required if the land was to be saved from development.
But it was also stressed that these lands actually belong to the taxpayers of Langley.
Councilor Charlie Fox defended council's position with an argument right out of Charles Dickens's Christmas Carol. When Ebenezer Scrooge replied to two good-hearted citizens collecting monies for food for starving unfortunates who faced death from starvation he growled, "Good, It will decrease the surplus population."
Coun. Fox's explanation for charging WOLF for the forests was that the Township had already spent enough money on land purchases in Glen valley in 2006, and in closure, retorted, "Show me the money!"
We are confident that, with new information received, council will allow the old growth forest to remain in perpetuity in "park status" for all Langley families and visitors.
Bob Blackhall, Langley
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