ME THINKS: City of Surrey to blame for failure to deal with peacocks in Sullivan Heights

PARM Brar deserves our sympathy for putting up with an unbearable situation involving more than 100 peacocks that the City of Surrey should have dealt with years ago.

Brar, in utter frustration, was left with no choice but to cut down the tree in which the birds roosted.

In fact, Jas Rehal, the city’s manager of public safety, told the media that it was his understanding that the peacocks took off from one of the farms in the Sullivan Heights area when it was developed into the subdivision and that the city tried to capture the peacocks in 2010 but failed.

So why blame a hapless resident who had to put up with dozens of the birds who covered his property with their droppings. His dad slipped on the poop and ended up breaking his arm and badly cutting his face. His kids can’t play in the yard and he can’t use his deck.

Sure, he broke the rules for cutting down the tree, but that was only after trying every method to control the birds – such as by using nets – without injuring them. He spent three years pursuing the matter with the city, but all in vain. Brar was issued a $1,000 fine for cutting down the tree. After the city receives a report from its staff, it will then decide whether it will take the matter up in court or fine Brar and the contractor who cut down the tree up to $10,000. Brar had applied for a tree-cutting permit but was turned down.

Of course, because Brar is a brown guy, you can expect many racists to try and blow the whole thing out of proportion.

The City of Surrey should be ashamed of its inefficiency and lack of initiative to deal with this problem all these years!