Letters: ‘Leave South Bonson as is’

No amount of projected jobs and tax revenue can justify soiling our piece of paradise.

Editor, The News:

Earlier in the summer, we had some friends over for dinner and they remarked about how beautiful and quiet our place is in the Shoreline townhome complex.

I also just read in our local paper that the film industry also likes our area in South Bonson because of the quiet.

That reminded us of how, after living here for nine years, we take the beauty and atmosphere of our dream location for granted.

When we first discovered our development, Shoreline’s first unit was just being framed.

While standing in the unfinished loft, I looked up and down the river and said to my wife, ‘If we lived here, I would never need a vacation.’

We moved in and have so enjoyed the first nine years of our retirement here.

Families and individuals come from Pitt Meadows, Maple Ridge and beyond to walk, jog, ride their bikes and bask in the serene, clear riverside setting.

Ongoing student and community events are an energizing life force in our unique location.

Now all of this is being threatened by Omni’s development in South Bonson. That’s clearly not in the best interest of the citizens of Pitt Meadows.

The ambience and value to citizens here is priceless.

No amount of projected jobs and tax revenue can justify soiling our piece of paradise.

The danger of increased heavy-duty traffic, the 24-hour noise, the stench of manufacturing, polluted air, and tall cement blocks obliterating our therapeutic field, tree and mountain views will destroy this part of Pitt Meadows.

While watching our six-year-old grandson play baseball at the Pitt Meadows Athletic Park on Bonson Road, the sweet river breeze was infused with an obnoxious and possibly harmful odour of paint fumes.

What a contrast to just a few years ago when the only ripe smells came from neighbouring farms.

We are strongly opposed to the proposed development of light industry across the street from us.

We truly hope that Pitt Meadows council does not make a counter-productive decision to approve Onni’s Golden Ears Business Park proposal.

The view north of Fraser Way is about to be obliterated and replaced by Onni with a mass of concrete buildings.

Residents are opposed to expanding the airport or any other development taking away from the beauty, quiet and recreational attributes of South Bonson and have a huge group that will be on the mayor’s case continually.

Al Myslicki

Pitt Meadows