Letter: Coulter Berry animus only bar to better Fort Langley

Dear Editor,

My brother George and I established a medical practice in Fort Langley in the late 1950s. I am appalled by the anger, hostility, and rancour which has been engendered over the proposed Coulter Berry building. The unkind bitterness exhibited does not bode well for the village.

This hostility and malice appears to stem mainly from those flashing “yellow hands.” It does little toward forwarding their argument, and only furthers the split.

At one time, Fort Langley was a “pass-through” for the Albion Ferry, and held little or no interest. Even the fort was only one building used for storage, along with a large lumber mill being the mainstay for the village. All of that has changed, and very much for the better.

Upon retiring, we left for other climes, always having a hankering to return to this unique place we called home. After 30 years, we have returned, and now find not a small, tired hamlet, but a vibrant, thriving, bedroom community for Vancouver with dwellings in the million-dollar mark.

Fort Langley has become a destination point of considerable interest, with a refurbished fort back to its original state, a cranberry festival, notable shops, etc.

The Coulter Berry complex and the vision of this developer is something for which to be thankful.

Some may prefer a smaller scale, but at this stage it looks as though we have only two choices, as a two-storey building is not an option.

Either council rejects the application and our beautiful village is left with the Heritage Hole for some considerable time, or alternatively, we accept with grace and gratitude this outstanding LEED Gold standard building and proceed accordingly.

Oh, by the way, it is doubtful that this building will block out the sun!

Please stop the animus.

Mike Neilson, Fort Langley

Just Posted

Crime Briefs: Police seek suspects in thefts of perfume, groceries, blue jeans

Langley police are asking for the public’s help to identify suspects.

Langley curling couple bound for provincials in Creston

Craig and Karen Lepine are skipping their own teams in the upcoming BC masters curling competition.

Coach’s Corner: Team gave big effort in tough games

Vancouver Giants head coach Jason McKee talks about injuries, goaltending, and penalty killing.

Painful Truth: Season of ice, season of puddles

Waiting for good cycling weather is a long process in a cold winter.

Our View: B.C. budget biggest shakeup in housing for years

The broad scope of the budget’s measures are likely to have an effect.

VIDEO: Top 10 B.C. budget highlights

The NDP is focusing on childcare, affordable housing and speeding up the elimination of MSP premiums

5 to start your day

A B.C. teacher suspended for using the N-word, icy roads snarl traffic and more

Canadian support split on Trans Mountain pipeline debate: Poll

Angus Reid poll surveying Canadians on pipeline stance finds no clear winner

Tired of ‘big city life’? One-stoplight town hosts contest to lure in city slickers

Contest by BC Rural Centre hopes to attract city folks to a small town in the Kootenays

Student protest outside White House a snapshot of American gun debate

Demonstrators take part in a student protest for gun control legislation in front of the White House

Feds can’t do much to fight fake news in Canada

Federal government can’t do much to fight fake news: Canadian Heritage documents

Canada’s Boutin wins silver in women’s 1,000 short track

Women’s 1,000-metre short-track speedskater Kim Boutin wins silver the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics Thursday

Ry Cooder coming to Vancouver Island MusicFest

American music icon to play in Comox Valley July 14

Team USA beats Canada 3-2 on the shootout to take home Olympic gold

Americans win their first gold medal since 1998

Most Read