Hawthorne Park – will it be lost?

There is a risk that Hawthorne Park – at the intersection of 104 Ave and 144 St – will be lost if 105 Ave is expanded for vehicle traffic to offset the loss of 104 Ave when the light rail transit is put into place. If you want to speak out against the destruction of the park, you can do so at

https://www.change.org/p/save-hawthorne-park

There is a petition on that page that you can join. The main part of the web posting is below:

Save Hawthorne Park

Hawthorne Park is a beautiful forested area in North Surrey. It is home to countless wildlife species and is an oasis for the community. The forested area is used by numerous people who enjoy its system of walking trails, and the park area is host to an abundance of social gatherings.

Hawthorne Park

The City of Surrey is planning to build a two lane road, with an additional connecting road, through the south end of Hawthorne Park. The road will start on the west side and exit on the east side. There will also be a southbound two lane road connecting the main road to 104th Avenue.

Project Map

Construction was originally scheduled for January 2018, but has now been moved up to late August 2017. This road is being constructed to handle the traffic that will be rerouted from 104th Avenue due to the proposed LRT.

Wildlife living in the forest will be devastated and several of the well-used walking trails will be replaced with two lane roads. No longer will we be able to watch the red-tail hawks fly overhead or listen to the barred owl at night. The roads will go right through their habitats.

Print out the petition and hand it out!

We need to preserve this forest for our community, for future generations, and for the wildlife living there who have no voice to speak for themselves.

Please stand with the community and sign this petition.

Contact me if you want to join our campaign team – stevengpettigrew@gmail.com

 

Temporary Discontinuation of Online Reporting for RCMP

Temporary Discontinuation of Online Reporting

Please be advised that online reporting has been temporarily discontinued for all RCMP detachments.

BC RCMP is currently in the process of creating a new, improved online reporting tool that is anticipated to launch in mid/late 2018. Previously, we were using an external company to provide this reporting tool and that contract has expired.

An alternative to calling non-emergency, online reporting allows residents to report less serious offences online such as thefts under $5,000, vandalism, unsafe driving, and vehicle break-ins.

We look forward to being able to provide you with an improved online reporting experience next year. In the meantime, please report crime via our non-emergency number at 604-599-0502 (911 for emergencies). Anonymous tips can still be submitted online through Crime Stoppers at www.solvecrime.ca.

Thank you for your patience and for your continued support in reporting crime and suspicious activity to police to keep our neighbourhoods safe.

BLAIR BERKNER

COMMUNITY PROGRAMS COORDINATOR | COORDONNATEUR DES PROGRAMMES COMMUNAUTAIRES

Surrey RCMP – Fleetwood/Guildford

10395 148th Street

Surrey, BC, Canada  V3R 6S4
T 604.502.6509| E Surrey_Crime_Prevention_District_2@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

Non-Emergency 604-599-0502

www.surreyrcmp.ca

Highcrest – application was denied – success for Fraser Heights

At a Surrey City Hall council meeting last night, the application by the developer of Highcrest to all but eliminate the retail in the facility and increase the density of residences in the complex was DENIED.

A major contributor to this success was the 92 people who showed up to sign up in opposition to the proposal, the 4 who spoke against the proposal, the 37 who submitted letters in advance of the meeting, as well as the hundreds of emails sent to council by our Community.

As a result, the developer must still move forward with the retail and commercial space that can become a meeting point for our community and provide a convenient center to pick up essentials.

Thank you to all who participated in making our Community a better place to live now and in the future.

Development on Barnston Drive that will affect traffic and the feel of Fraser Heights

There will be a public hearing for a development that will affect all of Fraser Heights on June 26 at 7:00 pm at City Hall at 13450 104 Ave, Surrey, BC V3T 1V8. The proposal below, 7916-0037-00, will be on the agenda. The developer of Highcrest at 176 St and Highway 1 has applied to increase the number of apartments in their development, and changing the proposal to allow more residences in what was previously zoned commercial (for stores and offices).

The impact on our community will be a further decline in the look and feel of our neighbourhood, more parking on the street, higher traffic accessing the highway through Fraser Heights, and increased load on our schools. If you object to this development change getting approved, you should do the following:

1. Write an email to council member and the mayor opposing – see details below

2. Go to City Hall on June 26. You can go to the main lobby between 6:30 and 6:55 where a City staff person has a list for people to sign: Name, Address & tick off “in favour” or “opposed”. You can also indicate if you would like to speak and address council. At approximately 6:55 the City staff person will collect the sheet(s), count the totals & deliver them to the Mayor in Chambers prior to the Hearing commencing.

You can then stick around for the council meeting and hear what happens at the proceeding, or simply head home now that your position has been recorded. Note that parking is underground at City Hall and is free on Council nights.

Your email can contain some of the following – please use your own words, since opposing emails with these words will be classified as only one opposing letter:

Indicate that you are writing about the development at 9933 Barnston Drive East, commonly known as Highcrest. Note that you live at (add your address here), and are affected by the development. You can then choose to include any issues on why you oppose the application, and could use any or all of the following points in your own words.

1. The Parking for Highcrest residents is already insufficient, resulting in excessive parking down 177A street, which does not even have any development on the east side but is already overloaded with parked cars from the density of development already there.

2. The project was originally approved by council in 2008 on the basis that ”While the proposal, if approved, would result in the loss of some employment lands, it has the potential to trigger the development of a neighbourhood village centre with up to 100,000 square feet of commercial space to serve the nearby emerging urban and established suburban neighbourhoods.”. With the Surrey council recently approving more developments and housing as part of the Local Area Plan for east Fraser Heights, the need for a neighbourhood village is even greater now than in was in 2008. Will the City really reverse the basis of approval for the project in the first place? Our neighbourhood is getting all the costs of the project and none of the benefits? Only the developer gains, the residents lose.

3. We need a “village centre” in the soon to be highly populated area of East Fraser Heights / Abbey Ridge. This current development proposal now seeks to reduce the commercial from 142,000 sq ft to just 4,050 sq. ft., just 3% of the originally committed amount. The only ”village centre” in Fraser Heights is at 160 St. & 108 Ave. There is clearly a need for another in the Abbey Ridge area.

4. There was great opposition from the community to the density of this proposal in 2008, resulting in it being revised downward a number of times, over concerns of overcrowding and stressing the resources in the community including but not limited to parking, traffic, schools, and transit (of which there is currently no service in this area, resulting in even greater concerns on parking and traffic).

5. The bottom line is that as a resident and caring citizen, you are expressing strong opposition to this proposal. The development should proceed on the basis upon which it was originally approved. Council should not be approving increasing density.

You can send your emails to the planner, dnip@surrey.ca. You should also send your thoughts to any and all of the mayor and council at the following email addresses:

Mayor Linda Hepner: mayor@surrey.ca

Councillor Tom Gill : TSGill@surrey.ca

Councillor Bruce Hayne: BruceHayne@surrey.ca

Councillor Vera LeFranc: Vera.LeFranc@surrey.ca

Councillor Mary Martin: MMartin@surrey.ca

Councillor Mike Starchuck: Mike.Starchuck@surrey.ca

Councillor Barbara Steele: HBSteele@surrey.ca

Councillor Judy Villeneuve: JAVilleneuve@surrey.ca

Councillor Dave Woods: Dave.Woods@surrey.ca

Tree planting in Fraser Heights

The City of Surrey is planning to do the following tree planting in Fraser Heights to enhance our neighbourhood.

Join us at the next Fraser Heights Community Association meeting on May 10 at 7 pm in the Fraser Heights Secondary School auditorium for more details.

Site Location Description # of Trees Species of Tree to be Planted
156 St from 108 Ave to 10836 E side 7 Carpinus betulus ‘Globosa’
156 St from 108 Ave to 10831 W side 3 Fraxinus pennsylvanica ‘Patmore’
     
104 Ave N side grass strip 17000 blk 12 Parrotia persica
     
104 Ave South side 17300 blk 9 Fraxinus pennsylvanica ‘Marshall’
104 Ave North side 17300 blk 13 Acer truncatum ‘Pacific Sunset’
     
Barnston Drive West from 170A St to 168 St 7 Acer platanoides ‘Deborah’
  7 Parrotia persica ‘Inges Ruby Vase’
  7 Cladrastis ‘Kentukea’
     
  15 Pinus flexilis ‘Vanderwolf’s Pyramid’
   
  4 Ginko biloba ‘Princeton Sentry’
     
177A from Barnston Drive E to Daly Road    
East side 13 Fraxinus pennsylvatica ‘Prairie Spire’
  13 Ulmas americana ‘Brandon’
  12 Quercus bicolor
     
West side in front of Park Just south of Daly road 10 Cornus kousa x nuttallii ‘Starlight’
     

Theft of cars and from cars

Surrey RCMP News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE DISTRIBUTION
Date: 2016-04-03

Title:  Police and partners team up for auto crime prevention campaign

In support of Auto Crime Enforcement Month, the Surrey RCMP and its partners conducted an auto crime prevention campaign on Saturday, April 1st to enhance community safety and educate the public on ways they can reduce the incidence of thefts from vehicles.

Operation Protect It. Lock It. Keep It. was a joint effort between the Surrey RCMP, Surrey Crime Prevention Society, and ICBC. The campaign involved volunteers educating over 500 community members in the Clayton Crossing and Hillcrest Village shopping areas (Cloverdale) on how to reduce their chances of becoming a victim of auto crime.

“We were pleased to participate in this event which goes a long way in helping residents understand the difference they can make in reducing auto theft,” says Surrey RCMP Community Support and Safety Officer, Inspector Andy LeClair. “Leaving valuables in your vehicle is just an open invitation to criminals – we need to do what we can to not make ourselves easy targets.”

While both thefts from vehicles and thefts of vehicles are on a slight decline this year, auto theft is still an issue in Surrey, with hundreds of incidents reported each year.

Working to combat this crime type, police have recovered over 500 stolen vehicles in the city this year. Volunteers with the Surrey RCMP’s Stolen Auto Recovery program have also checked over 7,000 license plates of parked or moving vehicles to help locate these stolen vehicles. Last year, volunteers located 28 stolen vehicles and 3 have been located so far this year by one keen-eyed volunteer.

Residents can also pitch in by taking some simple steps to reduce auto theft.

“Vehicle crimes are often crimes of opportunity, and officers are still seeing an apparent complacency on behalf of vehicle owners when it comes to safeguarding their vehicle keys,” says Insp. LeClair.

Approximately thirty vehicles a month are being stolen in Surrey simply because owners are being careless with their keys by leaving them in their vehicles or in an area easily accessible by the public.

Here are some tips to help protect your vehicle and belongings:

  • Park your vehicle in well-lit areas near pedestrian traffic.
  • Keep your garage door opener hidden or take it with you.
  • Keep your keys secure at all times. Don’t leave your keys unguarded — even at a restaurant or the gym.
  • Always lock your doors and close your windows, even if you’re away from your vehicle for just a minute.
  • Remove electronics and valuables including smartphones, GPS and keys. Put anything in the trunk that could tempt a thief— even loose change or empty shopping bags.
  • Don’t store your spare or valet key in your vehicle.

For more information on auto crime visit the Surrey RCMP website or ICBC website.

For a list of British Columbia’s “Top 10 Auto Crime Offenders” and “Top 10 items stolen from vehicles” please visit www.baitcar.com.

 

Committed to serving the Community
Your Surrey RCMP is committed to providing a sensitive, responsive, professional policing service for all Surrey communities. For more information about Surrey RCMP Programs, Services, how to Protect Yourself, or our latest News Releases visit www.surrey.rcmp.ca.

For media inquiries contact:
Cpl. Scotty Schumann
Media Relations Officer
Surrey RCMP Media Relations Unit
Office: 604.599.7776
Email: surrey_media_relations@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

Chafer beetles tearing up your lawn?

The City of Surrey spoke at an FHCA meeting last year about Chafer beetles and the damage they were doing in Surrey, including damage in Fraser Heights. The damage is visible again this year. Information about Chafer Beetle on the City’s website can be found at the following link:

http://www.surrey.ca/city-services/19005.aspx

A link to information on the BC Provincial website is as follows:

http://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/farming-natural-resources-and-industry/agriculture-and-seafood/animal-and-crops/plant-health/phu-european-chafer.pdf

Fraud protection

Surrey RCMP News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE DISTRIBUTION
Date:  2017-02-28

 Title:  Let’s talk about Fraud!

Male meets female online. Friendly conversations ensue. Female asks male to help handle her father’s estate. Cheque is mailed, cheque is cashed, cheque determined fraudulent. Female’s online profile is gone. Male out $9,000.

 Sports fan buys tickets on Craigslist. Tickets turn out fraudulent. Sports fan is out $350.

Female receives text message about lottery winnings. Cheque arrives, cheque is deposited with some funds transferred back for “insurance” purposes. Cheque later determined to be fraudulent. Female out $900. 

 

The Surrey RCMP’s Operational Communications Centre receives hundreds of these types of fraud complaints each year.

“It’s heartbreaking,” says Operational Communications Centre Manager Lindsay Scott. “Fraud is so prevalent, it seems everyone you talk to has a story to tell about someone trying to defraud them out of their money.”

With March being Fraud Prevention Month, the Surrey RCMP’s Economic Crime Unit is reminding residents about some common scams and how to protect yourself.

Even police officers have stories

One Surrey RCMP officer describes how his grandmother was scammed by the “grandparent scam”. This scam involves someone on the phone pretending to be a grandchild in trouble and needing money to get out of a jam.

“She’s on a fixed income and lives by herself so $500 was a lot,” says the officer. “She is still so embarrassed by it that she refuses to report it. Her grandchildren aren’t the type to get into trouble, so one would think that she would be wise to this ruse, but it goes to show you that anyone can be a victim.”

Can You Hear Me?

A new scam that the Surrey RCMP’s Economic Crime Unit is warning people about is the “Can You Hear Me?” scam. It has been widely reported on in the United States and is now making its way up to Canada. It essentially involves phone calls being made by scammers asking the victim “can you hear me?” When the victim says “Yes”, the fraudster records it and then uses your affirmative response to purchase and sign up the victim to various consumer goods and services that they didn’t agree to.

Don’t get “over-taxed”

Tax season is just around the corner and police warn that they’re expecting more fraudulent Canada Revenue Agency phone scams.

“While people may have become more educated due to the sheer volume of this type of fraud last year, there’s a strong possibility that it will pop up again and catch people off guard,” says Surrey RCMP Constable Brad Edwards of the Economic Crime Unit.

Show me the money!
Tax time is also when business owners, especially small business owners, rely on their in-house bookkeepers to ensure their books are balanced. Sometimes, however, employers may not realize that they have been the victim of internal fraud before it’s too late. Surrey RCMP has received calls from business owners who have stumbled upon irregularities in their banking records only to realize fraudulent activity by those they have entrusted with their finances. It serves as another reminder about ensuring internal fraud safeguards and best practices are in place.

The postman always rings twice
One of the easiest ways for fraudsters to gain access to your personal information is by stealing your identity. Over the past two months, the Surrey RCMP has seen a slight rise in theft from communal mailboxes at townhouses and apartment complexes. While officers have made some recent arrests of prolific property crime offenders, public vigilance is key in preventing this type of theft – keep your eye out for anyone suspicious.

What can you do?
“Check your mail regularly, be diligent in checking your credit card statements and tracking online purchases, and if it’s too good to be true it probably is,” says Cst. Edwards. “Use only reliable online sources and contact the company directly if you’re still unsure. Always protect sensitive financial information. If you don’t recognize the phone number, don’t answer it. They can always leave a message. And don’t forget to report all frauds to the police!”

For more information on scam and fraud prevention please visit the Surrey RCMP’s website. If you are a victim of fraud, please contact your local police and report it to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre online.

Committed to serving the Community

Your Surrey RCMP is committed to providing a sensitive, responsive, professional policing service for all Surrey communities. For more information about Surrey RCMP Programs & Services, how to Protect Yourself, or our latest News Releases visit www.surrey.rcmp.ca.


For media inquiries contact:

Cpl. Scotty Schumann
Media Relations Officer
Surrey RCMP Media Relations Unit
Office: 604.599.7776
Email: surrey_media_relations@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

Abbey Ridge (East Fraser Heights) Highcrest development application

At the FHCA meeting on February 22, many questions were asked about the Highcrest application to significantly reduce the commitment to retail space and the resulting neighbourhood center, and replace it with more residential buildings. The letter that was sent to local residents is included below.  Many at the meeting asked how they could express their opinion. In the letter below, it is indicated that responses could be sent to the planner, dnip@surrey.ca.

You can also send your thoughts to any and all of the mayor and council at the following email addresses – please cc directors@fhca.ca :

Mayor Linda Hepner:           mayor@surrey.ca

Councillor Tom Gill :              TSGill@surrey.ca

Councillor Bruce Hayne:       BruceHayne@surrey.ca

Councillor Vera LeFranc:      Vera.LeFranc@surrey.ca

Councillor Mary Martin:         MMartin@surrey.ca

Councillor Mike Starchuck:   Mike.Starchuck@surrey.ca

Councillor Barbara Steele:   HBSteele@surrey.ca

Councillor Judy Villeneuve:  JAVilleneuve@surrey.ca

Councillor Dave Woods:      Dave.Woods@surrey.ca

For anyone that wants to write in their opinion, you should begin the letter referencing: Proposed Development at 9933 Barnston Drive East, File 7916-0037-00

You should include your name and address. You should then indicate whether you are in favour or opposed to the proposed development.

Some of the points discussed last night included:

  • reduction and close to elimination of a neighbourhood community retail center, from approximately 142,000 square feet to approximately 10,000 square feet
  • the replacement of this space with further residential units, providing further stress on our neighbourhood infrastructure, including parking, traffic, school loading – and transit (of which there is currently no service, resulting in even greater concerns on parking and traffic)
  • The basis of approval of the entire project in 2008 by Surrey Council was ”While the proposal, if approved, would result in the loss of some employment lands, it has the potential to trigger the development of a neighbourhood village centre with up to 100,000 square feet of commercial space to serve the nearby emerging urban and established suburban neighbourhoods.” With the additional residential load being placed on the East Fraser Heights / Abbey Ridge area as a result of the new LAP, the need for a neighbourhood village is even greater now than in was in 2008. There was concern that the City is considering reversing the basis of approval for the project in the first place, and now that the social costs for the project going ahead have been incurred, the City would be abandoning the social benefits
  • Some indicated that they moved to the area on the promise of a retail service being in the area.
  • You should also include any aspects of the development that you would find beneficial or raise concerns for you and your family.

 

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