WATCH: A fence was installed Saturday around the perimeter of Victoria’s tent city, just weeks before an injunction order forcing the campers to leave will come into effect
UPDATE 5:30pm: A spokesperson for the province says the construction fencing has been set up around the perimeter of the camp to ensure that only those people who resided there prior to July 5, will continue to have access to the site. The court order provides the province with authority to not allow further occupants on the site.
Work crews were putting in metal fencing Saturday along the sidewalks surrounding the homeless encampment.
Residents say there are also plans to put in fencing to divide areas inside the camp.
A provincial fire inspector was on scene monitoring the work, which is reportedly being done to replace the pallet fencing currently being used, and reduce the fire risk at the site.
“Not only does it separate but maybe this will be like a good neighbour fence, and I’ve asked the province to put in panels that they could do their own art or graffiti,” said camp supporter Chrissy Brett who lives there part-time.
The campers have until August 8th to move to other available housing and remove their belongings.
Some campers and their supporters, including Brett, say they plan to stay on the site past the deadline, to protest the need for more affordable housing in B.C.