Fraser Health Authority is taking a group of people to court who refuse to take their encampment off private property.
The former site of the Matsqui-Sumas-Abbotsford hospital on McCallum Road has become home to a series of tents over the past month.
Abbotsford Police officer Judy Bird says there were eight to 10 people there as of this morning.
Tasleem Juma, spokesperson for Fraser Health, says the people have been asked to leave multiple times. According to the civil claim, the first notice was given around July 14.
“About a month ago we did serves the individuals with a trespass notice as we had asked them to move off the property and unfortunately they didn’t comply.”
It’s not known at this time whether the people are in fact homeless, but Abbotsford has seen its own “tent-city” encampment before. This has also happened in Victoria, and on a larger scale in Vancouver.
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Bird says the encampment is known to police as a protest group, but their motivation is unclear.
“The encampment on McCallum Road is actually a protest camp and at this time the only role the that Abbotsford Police Department have is just monitoring the situation, we are not taking any enforcement.”
The claim will go to court later this month where Fraser Heath hopes to see the encampment vacated once and for all.