Langley Township Mayor Jack Froese stands in front of the former Aldergrove Elementary School. Froese holds plans for a proposed community centre and swimming pool for the site.

Langley Township Mayor Jack Froese stands in front of the former Aldergrove Elementary School. Froese holds plans for a proposed community centre and swimming pool for the site.

Aldergrove needs a pool, not another community centre

We can’t get a pool here, but we are going to have two community centres.

Editor: I read in The Times (June 28) about the Township selling trees in order to raise enough money to buy the Aldergrove elementary school and turn it into a new community centre.

What is the deal with cutting down trees? Do these people have no concept of what trees do for us?

Why have another community centre in Aldergrove? What is wrong with the one we have?

We can’t get a pool here, but we are going to have two community centres. They are looking at potentially $2 million from the sale of the trees — more than the cost of the school.

If the Township buys the school, it certainly won’t be used the way it is. It will probably be gutted in order to meet their idea of what we need, and more money will be thrown into it.

If this goes ahead, what happens to the other community centre, and the library? Will the library want  to move to Aldergrove elementary, or will the library have a choice?

Does the Township plan to sell the current centre and somehow turn it into a pool? That would be the carrot they continually dangle for us to grasp at, so that we won’t disagree with what they are doing.

Why spend more money to  change what is already a functioning building into something it isn’t, and spend more to change another building into something we already have and is paid for? I don’t get it.

Who is it that keeps making these decisions? Do they ever ask the community what it wants?

Having another community centre, or replacing the one we have, would not be on top of their wish list.

We want a indoor pool. Why is this request never followed through on, especially after all the studies that keep being done on it.

The last time it was supposedly going to be done it was going to be attached to the current community centre, on ground owned by the Township. If this had gone ahead as planned, I would have been swimming in it for the past two to three years. But no, there is still no sign of an indoor pool.

Councillor Charlie Fox stated that they were going to buy the Aldergrove elementary school and put the pool there, because it was more local. Two blocks away isn’t local?

I don’t agree with selling trees to gain money. The purpose of the trees far outweighs what the sale of them will be used for.  This is not using our resources for the good of the community.

Councillors need to give their heads a shake. It seems whenever they decide what is good for Aldergrove, it is never what Aldergrove wants or needs.

Sharon Lamb,

Aldergrove