Writer rallies against parking facility on Langley/Surrey border

Opposition is growing to a truck parking and washing facility in south Surrey.

  • Nov. 5, 2015 9:00 a.m.

Groups are lining up against a 77-acre truck parking facility at 16th Avenue and 192nd Street on both sides of the Surrey/Langley border and now have some notable help.

Writer Margaret Atwood has waded into the issue.

The facility would include parking for many big rigs as well as washing facilities for the trucks, warehousing, and mechanical and service bays. Critics claim it could be used by 1,300 trucks.

The Friends of Hazelmere and Campbell Valley (FHCV) is opposing the project which they say will harm the Brookswood aquifer that feeds wells in South Surrey, Brookswood and Fernridge. The project also sits on the Campbell Valley watershed.

The Little Campbell River cuts across the northwest corner of the property which runs from 192nd to 195th Streets. About half the upside down L-shaped property runs from 12th to 16th Avenues.

The other portion is from 14th to 16th Avenues.

The land is zoned A-1 agricultural and is classed as a Special Study Area by Metro Vancouver’s Regional Growth Strategy and the Surrey Official Community Plan.

The application was before Surrey City council  in mid-September. The city claims it has consulted with property owners in the area, Semiahoo First Nation, the Little Campbell Valley Watershed Society, A Rocha and various city committee. Council has staff working through the application

FHCV is encouraging others to write to Surrey council and sign an online petition at change.org.

The Aldergrove-based Horse Council of B.C. hosted a meeting in October about the proposal and the Township’s online survey of public opinion about 16th Avenue.

Atwood posted a link to the online petition which had about 600 supporters as of Nov. 2.

“Help out, T-pals: It’s a water issue. Surrey City Council: Fish and Trucks Don’t Mix – Sign the Petition!,” Atwood posted on her Twitter feed.

A Rocha Canada, a Christian environmental group based at 193rd Street and 16th Avenue, is also opposed to the potential new neighbour.

It does research in the Little Campbell Valley watershed which is considered important salmon bearing habitat. According to A Rocha Canada, the watershed is home to five species of salmon and trout. FHCV says at least 13 endangered species live there.

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