LETTER: Time for PoCo to act to preserve heritage

The Editor,

Re. “Duck demo decision stands – Duck won’t” (The Tri-City News, Nov. 28).

I’m writing on behalf of the Port Coquitlam Heritage and Cultural Society. Our members worked very hard following the mandate of our society — to preserve the heritage for future generations — in the fight to try to save the Wild Duck Inn from demolition. They’ve gone beyond the call of duty and their own expertise, with research and lobbying of all levels of government.

So it is with great sadness that another of PoCo’s heritage buildings will soon be gone. The Wild Duck Inn has stood the test of time for almost a hundred years and if someone could have had vision and taken her under their wing, she might have stood for another hundred years.

Our city is slowly losing its physical heritage. Soon there will not be much left to show our future generations.

Now is the time for our city council to have a heritage conservation plan to help those with the remaining heritage buildings preserve them for the future.

We don’t want to just show our grandchildren photos of what was — we want to show them what is.

Pippa VanVelzen, vice-president,

Port Coquitlam Heritage and Cultural Society

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