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OUR VIEW: Newton deserves some TLC

May many good ideas fall on receptive ears
Fence surrounding the future Newton Community Centre site includes a rendering of the facility, on King George Boulevard at 70A Avenue. (File photo: Tom Zillich)

City hall has launched a Focus Newton public engagement campaign that’s seeking input on how to “enhance and beautify” this large and arguably neglected section of Surrey.

It’s a tall order, and long overdue. The size of Kelowna, and with a population of roughly 170,000, Newton dwarfs neighbouring Delta’s population of 113,000.

Essentially a city within a city, and possessed of traffic gridlock that’s not for the faint of heart, Newton definitely could use some TLC.

A City of Surrey press release indicates that Surrey wants “to hear from residents, local businesses, and community groups to create an action plan to celebrate the community and enhance shared amenities, for example in parks, at plazas, and along streets.”

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And so, this month through July, residents are asked to chime in by way of an open house to be held June 22 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Newton Recreation Centre, and also by participating in an online survey to be found at that’s open until July 30, aiming to gather community input. More open houses are expected to be announced later on.

To show the city means business, the campaign will kick off with “clean-up blitzes and beautification projects” during the summer, the bulletin states, “working towards creating a cleaner and more vibrant Newton.”

May many good ideas fall on receptive ears.


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