LETTER: Township council needs to work together

LETTER: Township council needs to work together

Writer bemoans ‘personal feelings clouding judgement on things that make sense to the public’


Is it just me, or does it appear that Jack Froese’s “New beginnings” slogan he promised Council and the residents has already been thrown out the window?

There has barely even been a handful of council meetings and in my opinion the daggers have been thrust into the proverbial chests of some councillors. Councillor Woodward seems to be trying his best to make good on his campaign promises to help “fix” what the past council has done, or to make sure we do it right from now on. Now I do agree that Woodward’s motions are a tad long, but at the same time he has done his homework, has a pretty good idea of the workings of development (far better than the rest of council in my opinion), yet for some reason, our mayor and a few of the councillors simply refuse to listen, or play ball with him (in my opinion yet again).

I have noticed as I watch the council meetings that a lot of “eyes” seem to be rolling even when Woodward is reading his motions, come on, we can see the utter disgust seething from these people and it is only because of jealousy, personal feelings and these things shouldn’t be clouding the judgement and voting pattern on things that openly make sense to the listening public. Mr. Woodward doesn’t have all the answers, but so far he appears to be the only one coming up with possible solutions to obvious problems.

Willoughby is still a mess, Aldergrove (despite what one bitter councillor thinks), is slowly wasting away with barely any new exciting developments on the near horizon, and Brookswood needs to slow it down a touch in order to get it right the first time. I am not saying Councillor Woodward has all the answers, but almost half of our newly elected council won’t even listen or read things that might have some strength and teeth to them. Woodward is a pretty smart cookie, if some of council doesn’t think so, then I challenge them to come up with better ideas, or at least put their money where their mouth is and attempt to build ideas and present them to council and us residents.

I urge “all” of council to work with each other, I urge councillors who have grudges, possible hidden agendas, or certain interest groups whispering in their ear to look past that and come together. We have elected council to do things on our behalf, we expect you to listen to other councillors and openly debate ideas and motions for the greater good. Let’s work together on the solutions and not dwell on holding strong to those things that have proven to be disastrous just because you voted in favour of them in the past. We have a chance here to come together and make Langley great again. These written words of mine are of course just my opinions, and not of this newspaper and or its editors.

Scott Thompson, Langley

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