The Willoughby Residents Association is dismayed that at last week’s December 3, 2018 council meeting it was suggested the Community Amenity Contributions (CACs) from land development and re-zoning in the Willoughby area be redirected to other communities in the Township. Willoughby is already underfunded. As Aldergrove was described in the motion put forward by council as struggling, we would suggest that Willoughby is also a struggling area.
CACs are clearly too low since we are lacking in Greenways including sidewalks, bike lanes and road infrastructure, more community policing including traffic management, updates to recreation facilities for our youth, and updates to recreation facilities for our seniors.
Any councillor that suggests taking from the struggling and giving to the equally struggling is someone who is kicking Willoughby in the teeth and telling us to enjoy it.
The Township should be adding additional money to the current CACs to get the work done in a timely manner. For far too long Willoughby has been ignored and now the council sees us as the golden goose. Willoughby is people with homes and families who put their hard earned money into where they live. Let’s get our voice to council to ensure that they know how we feel. Keep ALL the CACs from Willoughby development in Willoughby.
Last night, November 20 2018, saw a well-attended community meeting and AGM. We opened with a brief presentation from Harold Whittell of the Fort Langley Community Association and the organizer of the Township of Langley Community Association Groups (TOLCA). Our AGM saw a few new directors with an almost full board. The input from everyone during the meeting was amazing. We have a list of projects, delegations and presentations. Everyone’s enthusiasm was so awesome to see! Over the coming weeks we will be putting together some dates for presentations / delegations. And even more exciting, as 2019 has an election, we will once again be doing an All Candidates Meetings. Thanks to everyone who came out. Special thanks to the Shepherd of the Valley Church for providing the venue, and to Harold Whittell for presenting.
If anyone is interested in learning more about what we did please sign up on our website to become an e-member.
Date: Tuesday, November 20, 2018
Time: 7:00 pm
Place: 20097 72nd Ave, Langley (Shepherd of the Valley Church – signs will be posted inside)
Join us for a brief speaker and our Annual General Meeting! We will be having a rousing discussion about all kinds of exciting things! Trust me, you want to be there!
You can become a voting member by going here: https://willoughbyresidents.org/membership/ to get more say on what the WRA represents. In the meantime, our membership base has doubled in this last year and some recent activity has brought us in contact with both new and old residents, all of whom have concerns.
E-Members (non-voting) will be receiving further contact information and you can become an E-member by clicking the link here: http://eepurl.com/cqDLjz
And what can you do in the meantime? Start by spreading the word. Share our Facebook posts, re-tweet us. Make sure your neighbours know that we’re here! We’re like Horton and the Who’s!