I am a concerned citizen who cleans up the outdoors on a regular basis. Recently, I have been cleaning the area around Dewdney Trunk Road between Ioco Road and Johnston Street.
I have been in the area more than 60 times and taken out more than 2,000 bags of garbage by making numerous trips and using old grocery carts to carry the debris.
Coquitlam city hall should be ashamed of itself for ignoring this problem and not enforcing the anti-dumping rules that are in place. I have spoken to many people at city hall and between the problem of road rights-of-way, the railway right-of-way and private property, the city seems to believe it has no role in keeping the area clean.
I give freely of my time, I have never been paid and I do this because I care about the community. Hopefully, once this letter becomes public, the officials at Coquitlam city hall will acknowledge that there is a problem and do something about it.
This mess is not only an eyesore but it encourages more illegal dumping. These illegal dumpers do not worry about their actions because, obviously, nobody in the city cares.
Luanne Bradshaw, Burnaby