To the Editor,
My name is John Smith – a resident of Coquitlam for five years. My family moved here due to its affordability, and proximity to the city. We also enjoy several small parks in which our sons and their friends play. One of these parks is Lafarge Park, on Guilford Street. It is not large, but it is well-used, clean, and safe.
Recently, I learnt that Coquitlam Council has decided to sell this public amenity for development. The land has already been reasoned residential, so I assume as many dwellings as possible – perhaps even twenty apartments – could be built here.
While I am not a lawyer, and do not know by which legal process this land could be sold, as a resident, I was neither informed nor consulted about it. All my neighbours say the same thing. We have petitioned the council, and I hope this letter reaches a wider public.
Our website, SaveLafargePark.com lists a number of protest activities in which we hope your readers may join us. Too few green and tranquil public spaces remain in this overdeveloped city. Save Lafarge Park before it is be too late.
In September 2003, I joined your Sports and Social club as a full-time student member. Since then I have paid the monthly membership fees by direct debit from my bank: Nationwide in Sanderson Avenue, Kinghill.
I have thoroughly enjoyed my club membership as it has provided me with useful opportunities to meet up with other young people and to participate in a number of social activities. I have also been fortunate enough to play in some of the inter-club tennis tournaments and have taken advantage of the various classes available such as Yoga.
However, my studies are now coming to an end and as I will shortly be returning to my home country, possibly for good, I regret that I no longer wish to continue my membership. I would be grateful, therefore, if you could confirm in writing that the monthly fee will no longer be deducted from my bank account.