Trespassers set up encampments in Langford

Two new Langford residents have set up an encampment on private property near the Galloping Goose Trail.

Langford bylaw officers are notifying landowners they have trespassing campers.

There are two new Langford residents, that have been an issue and have set up an encampment on private property near where the Galloping Goose and Cy Jenkins Trail intersect.

Due to an “accumulation of debris and rubbish” the properly is now in violation of the city’s unsightly premise bylaw, said Lorne Fletcher, Langford manager of community safety and municipal enforcement.

“Langford has very little in regard to homelessness,” said Fletcher adding bylaw officers are familiar with the homeless population and regular “camping” spots.

“Here there are larger parcels and private property owners who are not physically on the land on a day-today or month-to-month basis,” Fletcher said.

Langford’s concerns are for the state of living conditions of the homeless and other health issues such as human waste issues.

Often the camps have been one and four people living in them Fletcher explained.

“In the past we’ve seen them scattered around,” he said explaining in Langford bylaw officers know of about four resident homeless residents in the area.

In 2009 Fletcher said Langford saw an influx in homeless people setting up camps in Langford, but this is the first time in years there have been a growth in the population.

Property owners are encouraged to have people check in on vacant lots.