Letter: Brookswood residents must make their voices heard

Editor: Re: Don’t sell the family farm just yet (the Times, May 27).

I was touched by this piece, and agree that we should not put a price on our lifestyle.

We moved to Brookswood one and a half years ago for the more relaxed lifestyle and “neighbourliness.”

While knowing that the area to the south would be developed eventually, we were hopeful that the Brookswood residents would gather together once again to fight for a lower density plan which respects (and enhances) trees, wildlife, streams, heritage, and current residents’ lifestyle.

We bought a small, older rancher and plan to renovate, rather than rip it down and build a megabox using every square inch of lot allowed. Bigger is not better, though sadly, it’s the mindset of many.

I have many memories of life on the farm.

My grandparents moved to South Langley in the early 1940s and started a dairy farm at 216 Street and 6 Avenue. The old farmhouse still stands — for now.

My mom started school at Lochiel, the little yellow schoolhouse that now sits in Campbell Valley Park.

It is heartbreaking to think that the family farms and country lifestyle, our history and heritage, are in jeopardy.

I feel we need to press to retain and build on the original country character of the area.

As the “horse capital of B.C.,” doesn’t it make sense?

With the right vision and type of development (low-density, lots of parkland, horse and walking trails, tree retention, etc.), South Langley has the potential to remain a very unique area with a very unique lifestyle.

There are development proposals now which are the opposite of this vision (for example at 36 Avenue and 200 Street). If this type of proposal goes through, the stage is set.

Everyone who cares needs to come out and make their voices heard. I’m in.

Kathryn Robbins,

Brookswood

Langley Times