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Delta hikes some businesses' fees for Scott Road cleanup

04/12/2013 10:03 EDT | Updated 06/12/2013 05:12 EDT
As part of its plan to change the Scott Road strip, the Corporation of Delta is saying that certain businesses are no longer welcome.

This week, Delta's municipal council passed a bylaw that strikes out at certain businesses that are "incompatible uses" for the area — business types that include adult video stores, cheque cashing centres, and tattoo parlours.

Delta mayor Lois Jackson says that the municipality is trying to clean up its side of Scott Road as part of its larger revitalization plan.

"We are trying to re-create Scott Road and bring it back to the family orientation we have had over many years," she said.

The bylaw increases licensing fees for existing businesses on the unwanted list, and prohibits new stores on the list from setting up by denying them business licences.

Ed Holmes, owner of Liquid Sliver Tattoo, says his business has been at its current location on Scott Road, near 96th Avenue, for almost 18 years. Because of the new bylaw, his annual business licence fee of $97 is rising to $3,525.

"You may as well tell me to get out of business now and leave," he said.

Holmes agrees Scott Road needs to be revitalized, but says forcing a business like his out isn't the way to do it.

Scott Road split with Surrey

The commercial stretch of Scott Road, which runs roughly from 96th Avenue in the north to 64th Avenue in the south, is also a border between Delta and Surrey.

As Delta's new bylaw applies only to one side of the street, Jackson says approaching Surrey is the next step.

"It's probably time for us to sit down and just see, if we have a visioning session with them," she said.

Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts says her city already has bylaws to restrict the types of businesses on Scott Road, but says she is open to new ideas.

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