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Environmentalists win court battle to halt Surrey road construction

BC Supreme Court rules to stop a new road from being constructed in a park.

August 30, 2021   Rob Blackstien

A felled tree at the site of the proposed road. Photo: Sebastian Sajda

Construction on a proposed new road in Surrey, B.C. has been halted after the BC Supreme Court ruled to uphold an interim injunction filed by an environmental group.

This is a key win for Force of Nature Society to stop the building of a $16.75 million extension of 84 Avenue east of King George Boulevard. The court has ordered the City of Surrey to basically halt all work and stop cutting down trees, after 13 had already been taken down during the hearings.

Based on its claims that the area south of the proposed road is designated as a park (part of Bear Creek Park), the society has asked the court to prohibit Surrey from proceeding with the project.

A hearing will be held on October 14 and until that time, the city cannot rush construction.

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As per the court ruling, this is the fourth time this road has been proposed over the last 21 years, and it consistently met with opposition from the public.

(Source: BIV.com)


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2 Comments » for Environmentalists win court battle to halt Surrey road construction
  1. Annie Kaps says:

    Mayor McCallum and his despicable four Safe Surrey Councillors now have the audacity to tender a leave to appeal quoting that the chambers judge erred in law and fact on several issues.

    The “limited” work has seen 18 trees (must be 12-inch to be a tree in Surrey) cut and the preloading for a culvert resulting in salmon fingerlings being displaced.

    Same mayor was recently seen being thanked at one of the religious entities on 140th for the parking lot in the park for their non-park use, echoing Councillor Nagra’s assurance at a Surrey’s Agriculture, Environment, and Investment Advisory Committee that this was incorporated. In 2013, city turned down $400,000 by same entities for a parking lot. Then Parks Manager Owen Croy stating “it’s also felt there’s enough parking for patrons of Bear Creek and that it’s not common practice for the parks department to engage in third-party deals over city green space.”… “We believe that the parkland was purchased for the purposes of Surrey and the residents in a park setting, not for third-party uses.”

    • Rob Blackstien says:

      Thanks for providing some background, Annie. It sounds like a big fight is brewing over this. Please keep us posted!

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