Letter: Unfolding Willoughby plan blindsided new residents

Dear Editor,

As a fellow Willoughby resident, I appreciate that Stephanie Holmes’s point of view [Parking homeowners’ fault, April 1 Letters, Langley Advance] and situation may be different from those of her neighbours just a few streets or blocks away.

I spoke at the Brookswood rally on Sunday in order to illustrate for their residents what some, but not all of us experienced during the execution of the Willoughby Community Plan.

I spoke on behalf of a large number of people who feel they had done their due diligence, bought based on what looked like a sound plan, then found themselves in increasingly awkward situations as the plan unfolded.

I can empathize with Stephanie, because I don’t always find myself in the same position as my neighbour, either.

I have two children, who will be separated between schools during their education in Langley, while my neighbour who has four children will see all of them in different schools at the same time.

Many of us moved here with the idea that the Willoughby Community Plan outlined an area that fostered a walkable, healthy lifestyle.

At this time, I have not met anyone in our area who would be comfortable with their Grade 6 or 7 student walking to Lynn Fripps Elementary on the roads available from 72nd Avenue and 200th Street, due to the lack of sidewalks.

I could go on about how the boulevard plan has affected parking and access, too, but the effect would be hard to explain if someone were not familiar with it.

I ask people to imagine that, as our communities age, we remain proactive, involved, and considerate of one another. What affects my neighbour today could affect me tomorrow, so I will work as hard to help them as I would myself.

Kerri Ross, Willoughby

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