As a long-time resident of Newton, I have reviewed the Commission’s proposal for Surrey with a particular interest in the area where I live.
When it comes to Surrey as a whole, I support the Commission’s recommendation that the city get a new seat. There is no question it is badly needed.
I also like the fact that Surrey doesn’t share a seat with Delta and for that matter Langley as well, unlike some federal seats in the past. I never liked the idea of having MLAs representing two municipalities, but more importantly, two communities.
Here in Newton, we have many issues that need the sole focus on our MLA. This brings me to Newton. I would tend to agree that balancing population is good, but I support the idea of communities more. People in Newton are just getting use to the current boundaries and now your suggesting we need to learn new boundaries. For Newton, the current boundaries work just fine with 64th Ave as a good dividing line between the heart of Newton and Panorama Ridge. The current boundaries have Newton Athletic Park, which is where families of Newton come together for sporting and community events. I also believe 72nd Ave is a decent place to divide the Centre of Newton from Sullivan (which is current part of Panorama Ridge) and following that out to 152nd Street stays true to how the City sees Newton. All I’m trying to say here is Newton works the way it is currently laid out. There are other more pressing areas of Surrey that need attention, so what I suggest is leave Newton the way it is.