LETTER: Fences and gates on dike not how it was supposed to be


Re: Stan Kirkpatrick’s letter to the editor, Sept. 12, 2019

Stan is 100 per cent correct in his observations and it is hard to believe this situation has been allowed to continue over the years.

The Coquihalla River has a habit of providing flooding risk on a fairly regular basis. Years ago, therefore certain locations were identified and residents at-risk were approached and advised a dike was necessary to adequately protect their properties.

This was understood and welcome at the time, but in order to assist with construction costs, a levy per household was applied, to be cared for annually via an addition to the regular annual residential tax.

This seemed an acceptable solution to an ongoing concern but at no time was it indicated by the District that the dike ownership would then revert to the homeowner.

However, since that time, owners backing onto the dike have privately taken steps to completely close off public access by erecting fencing and locked gates.

I have personally tried on occasion to walk that route, and been met with open hostility and outright threats from homeowners who refuse to accept the dike is public domain and not just there for their own personal use.

They have a perfect right to normal privacy and the clear option is for them to erect privacy fencing on their own land which is all other homeowners elsewhere are obligated to do.

My understanding also is that ready dike access must be available at all times in case of emergency. How is this possible with fencing and locked gates in evidence?

Mr. Mayor, may I suggest you take a stroll along the dike sooner than later, and maybe appreciate Mr. Kirkpatrick’s very sound views. Then act with due diligence and correct this unacceptable situation once and for all.

Wes Chaulk


Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Comments are closed

Just Posted

Vancouver double homicide leads to arrest in Harrison Hot Springs Wednesday

VPD and RCMP tracked dumped vehicle connected to killings to Chilliwack

Multiple accidents slowing westbound Highway 1 traffic

3 accidents in Langley, Abbotsford within 30 minutes

Hope’s visitor centre re-opens, as tourism revs up in the area

Visitor centre, area tourism businesses open doors as B.C. travel allowed by provincial government

Harrison Festival Society unveils further summer lineup

Children’s concert, drum making on deck for July 15 and 18

Fraser Valley Real Estate Board says sales double in June, buyers returning to market

Month’s property sales rebound 113% over May’s sales, 32% over June last year

The pandemic is widening Canada’s workplace gender gap

Gender pay gap is incentivizing fathers to work while mothers watch children, a new B.C. study has found

Surrey officer-impersonation scam continues ‘almost daily’

Police reiterate warning that demands for Bitcoin in exchange for waived charges are fraudulent

Indigenous leader Ed John pleads not guilty to historical sex charges

Ed John’s lawyer entered the plea by telephone on behalf of his client

Woman who talked to unconscious husband for 30 years gets solace from B.C. study

Ian Jordan suffered a head injury when he and another officer were on their way to a call in Victoria in September 1987

RCMP investigate threat against Indigenous totem poles on B.C.’s Sunshine Coast

Police describe the nature of the threat as ‘sensitive’

Thief steals bucket truck in Abbotsford while worker is 20 feet in air

Employee is able to jump to safety after suspect drives into pole

Investigation clears RCMP in incident where man fell from Langley overpass

‘Officers acted commendably and placed themselves at risk’ police watchdog report finds

Ex-Okanagan Mountie forfeits 20 days’ pay after sexual misconduct review

A former Vernon RCMP constable made sexual comments, grabbed genitals of male officer in two incidents 10 years ago

Rural Chilliwack residents asked to stay indoors, lock doors amid heavy police presence

Heavy police presence in rural Chilliwack neighbourhood as RCMP contend with ‘serious situation’

Most Read