Re: “Surrey bans sleeping in camper vans parked along streets,” online only, Nov. 5.
I can understand the position of the City of Surrey in terms of being an urban eyesore and pollution; however, I am disappointed they voted to ban sleeping overnight in RVs, vans on city streets.
It is getting cold already and winter is around the corner. This decision can put many vulnerable people at risk. Housing and social services is actually not a local responsibility. It is a provincial responsibility.
The city needed to work with the province to provide permanent housing solutions for these people. As housing becomes unaffordable for many people throughout Metro Vancouver, these issues are going to become an even more serious and severe problem.
All levels of government need to create incentives to get our most vulnerable and at-risk citizens out of RVs and vans and into quality social housing. I hope calmer and more realistic and rational heads prevail and the City of Surrey reverses this decision.