‘It’s our Burnaby Mountain’

Pitt Meadows residents, we need to unite and fight this bad idea

Editor, The News:

Re: New gravel mine riles residents (The News, March 6).

My sincere sympathy to the residents of McNeil Road.

The properties surrounding the quarry expansion are old farming properties that are, to me, part of the very heritage of Pitt Meadows.

I am sure the residents have lived there in peace for years, if not decades.

The idea of destroying the landscape that surrounds them feels like a violation of some basic human right.

Hundreds of us walk, run and horseback along the dikes on McNeil Rd. and recover a sense of peace and nature by enjoying the view.

Every morning I see a pair of eagles flying around Sheridan Hill, as well as countless blue herons and waterfowl. There are a pair of Kingfishers that swoop around the dikes, chattering away. Every day we enjoy these simple pleasures.

Expanding the quarry will destroy all of that forever – no more peace and quiet, no more mountain.

Instead, we will be faced with witnessing the daily destruction of what we hold dear.

Pitt Meadows residents, we need to unite and fight this one.

This is our Burnaby Mountain.

If all else fails, I see myself chained to a tree in the near future.

Lynn Blatta

Pitt Meadows