As it is apparent that the fall election campaign rhetoric has started, I would like to counter some comments from Mayor Jack Froese regarding his intentions to seek re-election [Froese running, June 24, Langley Advance].
Froese has said council has shown it listens when people have concerns, citing the Glen Valley land sale which caused a furor but ended with a portion of municipal land being declared a park, and another portion sold to Trinity Western University, and set aside as a conservation area.
As a supporter and admirer of the Watchers of Langley Forest (WOLF), I find it ironic and frankly distasteful to read that a new and more positive political spin has been given to the Townshipâ€™s decision to remove Glen Valley lands from the chopping block.
Council only chose to â€œlisten to the peopleâ€ when WOLF and their many community supporters brought the sale to the attention of the local, national and international media.
The media assault finally forced the Township to seek a compromise which was still in play when the offer of the Blaauw family to purchase resolved the matter.
The McLellan Park designation was a capitulation more or less in light of the threat of more embarrassing lobbying by WOLF. I would strongly encourage voters to check the facts before November, in order to decide who should be elected to steer the Township for the next four years.
David Denyer, Langley