Despite publicly stating that "Newton would not be home to any more social housing" tonight we learn that Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts appears to welcome Vision Quest into the already saturated neighbourhood.
The plan is to have Vision Quest move into the burned out Hotel Bollywood, a shabby boarded up motel on the King George strip. There couldn't be a worse place to house vulnerable people than at that location. This cannot be allowed to happen yet again in Newton.
Mayor Watts said she wouldn't do this and she needs to be held accountable to all Surrey residents. The people in this part of Surrey have absorbed more than their share of similar type housing and organizations, and it has created an unbalanced and unhealthy area along the King George corridor in South Newton.
The people of South Surrey were listened to last month and managed to block a mega casino development in their community with the mayor casting the deciding vote. That 'no' vote means the gaming license held by Gateway stays in Newton. And the slots at Bingo Country at King George and 71st Ave, which the mayor told us would be "temporary" will continue to operate and tempt the large number of already marginalized residents who live within a few blocks.
And now she wants to put another recovery facility close by?
Please tell us that it's April Fools Day, because this has to be some sort of joke.
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Update Thursday Feb 28
Mayor Watts gives statement saying Vision Quest will not be going into the Hotel Bollywood. Claims Vision Quest acted without her approval and consent. Pretty sure we haven't heard the last of this. Surrey politics, very strange indeed.