Mayoral and Council Candidates for the Township of Langley were asked which of the many concerns voiced by residents would they treat as top priorities. Their responses were published in the Oct. 3, 2018 edition of the Langley Times.
STACEY WAKELIN's reply as follows:
Infrastructure — I would like to see this be a focal part of the conversation going forward. I am not against development, but I am against irresponsible development.
If we don’t have the resources to support the growth that is going to take place, that is unacceptable. Let’s fight to create the community we all deserve, we shouldn’t settle for less. We cannot create a safe, livable and vibrant community if residents cannot efficiently move throughout the Township, have a hospital and schools with the capacity to meet the needs of the population or have the resources to meet the needs of an evolving population.
I believe if every decision is made with the people of the Township in mind that will be a step in the right direction. Let’s support growth that respects the environment, strives to meet the needs of all residents — including those with complex needs ,including our seniors, homeless neighbours, etc. The Township will need to face some growth, let’s guide that growth while respecting the heart of our community.
Our farming community is a special part of what makes the Township so unique and is also an important part of our local economy.
If elected, I will support increasing much needed infrastructure and addressing affordability in the Township. If we do not take action to address the challenges facing many individuals and families in the Township, we will see growth between the “haves” and the “have nots”. That is not the community I want to live in or the legacy I want to leave our children.
Not including the complex issue of housing/growth, what do you see as the single greatest challenge facing the Township of Langley today and what steps would you take to address it?
Personally, I view the growing homeless community as a great challenge facing our communities. This is an issue that both the Langleys are facing and I would like to see both municipalities take action. Homelessness and poverty are issues that require action and not merely discussion.
We need a council that will make this a priority and, if elected, I would make addressing homelessness a priority. We are very fortunate to have many stakeholders in the community that do front line work with this community and Council needs to ensure that they are being as supportive, as possible. We don’t need to reinvent the wheel here, there are many initiatives that have been successful in other communities.
Let’s find a location for a temporary camp, not a permanent solution, but a chance to offer some human dignity (toilets, running water, visits from social service providers, etc). As a municipality, we need to be a strong advocate and collaborate with all levels of government. The actions taken or not taken, have brought us to this place—let’s do better and remember we are talking about human beings. If human dignity isn’t enough to encourage action, there are stats that indicate housing the homeless is cheaper than sticking our head in the sand.
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