IN response to the overwhelming interest and concerns of Newton residents following the first public meeting of the Newton Community Association, a Neighbourhood Public Safety Forum is being held to facilitate dialogue between residents and public officials.
Without a doubt, public officials bear some responsibility for the safety and livability of the community. It is hoped that this forum will result in firm commitments to follow through on solutions to issues identified by Newton residents over the years that continue to erode the stability of our community, according to the Newton Community Association.
Association Chair Liz Walker states: “I think we heard loud and clear at the January 6 forum that there is a need for more police on our streets. They can’t handle the volume of calls we get now and therefore many events go unaddressed and the community develops the perception that nothing can be done. We also heard that bylaws need to be enforced and personally I have been questioning the lack of social planning in Surrey. We have one social planner whereas Vancouver has a team of planners. Newton is the perfect example of a lack of social planning, adherence to policy, guidelines and bylaws.”
The forum will take place on Saturday, February 15 between 2 and 4 pm. in the Newton Recreation Centre gym at 13730 72nd Avenue, Surrey.
Newton residents only are encouraged to attend to discuss their concerns and will have a chance to speak at an open microphone to address local politicians, stakeholders and RCMP.
Confirmed guests include Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts and Council, MLA Harry Bains, MLA Marvin Hunt, MP Jinny Sims, RCMP, Translink Director Barry Forbes, Translink Senior Manager of Service and Infrastructure Planning Jeff Busby, and others.
The Newton Community Association says it is committed to moving forward in a positive manner to ensure immediate and long term strategies are implemented within the community in a timely manner. Local residents are strongly encouraged to join the association and become a part of the change.
The Newton Community Association was formed in June of 2013 by a group of concerned Newton residents, and is in its formative stage. Managed by a steering committee and a growing membership of residents who are well connected to key community contacts, the association strives to represent the collective needs of Newton. No special skills are needed, just a desire to create a safe, livable community where everyone is free to walk the streets without fear.