Letter – Enough warehouses; save city from further harm 

Published 6:56 pm Tuesday, July 26, 2022

To the editor:

I grew up on a farm in the Whaleyville area and have lived in Nansemond County/Suffolk all my life. I am so disappointed to see the direction our city leaders have taken us in the past 10 years.

Our city leaders are allowing our forestland to be cut and they are allowing our farmland to be swallowed up by concrete. They are allowing our roads to become dangerously congested. We don’t have enough police to adequately cover this large city now, yet they continue to add more burden upon their shoulders than they have manpower to cover.

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People are dying on our roads because Suffolk doesn’t have the manpower to adequately monitor and ticket reckless drivers. And now it looks like they will probably allow a large swath of land to be rezoned from farmland to heavy industrial to allow for more warehouses to be built on Route 460.

I urge all of our city councilmen and mayor to vote “NO” for Highway 460 rezoning to build more warehouses. Suffolk road congestion is already awful, and to add additional truck traffic will cause more accidents and death.

I urge our city councilmen and mayor to consider our existing citizens’ quality of life. We elect them to represent us. We need more parks and recreation for our children and adults to enjoy. We need more shopping choices and theaters to keep our citizens from traveling to other cities. What we do NOT need is more warehouses.

We used to be known as the Peanut Capital of the World. I would hate for us to be known as the Warehouse Capital of the World. Please vote “NO” to rezoning Route 460 to heavy industrial.

 

Nancy White

Suffolk