The next meeting of the Willoughby Residents Association is Tuesday, September 24, 2019 at 7:00 pm, 20097 72nd Ave (Shepherd of the Valley Church). If you live in Willoughby (Langley, BC) or are concerned about the Willoughby area, come have your say in your community and hear what we’ve been up to.
Tell us what is on your
mind? Do your children have access to safe play space? Are they able
to go to local schools? What is the crime like in your part of
We need to hear from YOU! Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 604.888.6606
The Willoughby Residents Association (“WRA”) is hosting an All Candidates’ Meeting (“ACM”) on
WHEN: Thursday, October 3, 2019
TIME: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
WHERE: 20097 72nd Ave, Langley, BC (Shepherd of the Valley Church auditorium)
WHO: Well Willoughby has not one, but TWO federal ridings: Langley-Aldergrove and Cloverdale-Langley so you can come ask questions of federal leaders in general (which are already accumulating) or of a particular person.
Once again, the Willoughby Residents Association is pleased to present an All Candidates’ Meeting. The suggested donation will be $5 or more (cash only, we will have no change), as your pocket book permits. If you are a resident of WIlloughby, however, we will also give you a membership form with that.
While the focus of the #ACM2019 will be on Willoughby, everyone is welcome to attend whether you are a Willoughby resident or not. This is your town, your federal representatives; come ask those questions! This is your chance to find out about Retirement issues, Federal health and Pharmacare, housing and transportation. Veterans – your opportunity to find out how you would be represented! How about immigration policies? Tuition costs? How do your prospective representatives feel about climate change? Carbon tax? Child care? Guns? Do you know? Do they have solutions? What do they think the issues around employment and employment insurance are? How do they feel about the changes for NAFTA? And what federal election would be complete without the Pipeline?
WRA is an apolitical grassroots organization. Why do we do an ACM?
Because we care about our community and hope by doing so, we can provide
the opportunity for public engagement.
Entrance will be first-come first-seated, doors will open at 6:30 pm and as we learned last year, the venue is limited in size. We will also be live streaming on our FaceBook site.
Please join us in learning more about the people with whom you wish to entrust your tax dollars.
We have had confirmation of attendance from the following candidates:
Join us on Monday July 8, 2019 at 7pm at the Township of Langley Hall. We are discussing signage at playing fields and have an every increasingly beautiful PowerPoint presentation. And who doesn’t love a PowerPoint presentation? We have diagrams and pictures and other fun stuff to learn about Willoughby.
What do we need? We need YOU – come support the WRA by showing up and letter the TOL know we are here and active. We look forward to seeing you on Monday and don’t forget to come say hi and let us know you’re here!
We attended a recent
Public Information meeting for a proposed business / hotel development at 19881
86 Ave et al. We attended on behalf of
the Willoughby Residents Association (WRA) because we saw in their proposal
they were asking for a reduction in parking as a variance. Believe it or not,
that area is already full on many surrounding streets. Semis and cars alike fill this area in the
daytime, often parked illegally during peak times. We assume they are from the industrial and
commercial ventures that are already existing.
To reduce parking would be a major mistake. A young woman at the meeting invited us to “ask
any of us” and a gentleman came up and said “can I answer your questions”. Our discussion was brief because he said
quickly “Oh that’s not my department, you need to go over there” and pointed me
elsewhere, where my partner was. Okay,
not an auspicious start. And the people
to whom I was directed were stunned when I pointed out their own picture had
parked cars in it. They countered with
how they would be sure to have strict parking enforcement so those currently parking
on the street wouldn’t be parking in their new commercial area.
But as we read the
boards further, we noted it said “Connections made to existing bicycle networks….”. We pointed out that that meant there would be
no connection, since that area has no existing bicycle network. The person who came up to be helpful and
answer our question said “oh yes, they are here on paper and we’ll connect with
them on paper”. I hope you read that with the same stunned
silence I had at first, before I tried to point out the reality of disjointed
paths that simply stop and go nowhere is not, by definition, a network. How can they hope to connect to a network
that isn’t there? I got three sentences
in as I attempted to explain the meaning of “existing” and “network” before my
partner realized my futility and moved me along.
And that put me in
front of the tree board. I asked, yet
another helpful host, if they were being affected by the new tree bylaw. “Oh, that doesn’t apply to us, we’re
developers”. And that’s when we
left. The trees that are in “poor health”
are noted to be 344/401 trees.
I would query, then,
that if bicycle paths only have to exist on paper, then isn’t it possible that
344 trees are only sick on paper and thus in the real world, are actually worth
All in all, this
project deserves another look by council and not a rubber stamp as so many
things seem to be manufactured on paper, with little bearing on reality.