06 February 2018 0 Comments Posted By : Chad Pawson

Time for RV dwellers to move home, East Vancouver businesses say

Businesses on a quiet street in East Vancouver want the city to deal with what they call a dramatic increase in the number of campers and RVs permanently parked there.

Glen Drive near Terminal Avenue has in recent months become a hub for people parking and living inside their vehicles.

It's part of a larger trend across Vancouver of people skirting expensive housing by living in vehicles.

John Knapton, who owns a clothing business in the area, says the growth of vehicle dwellers has resulted in garbage, rats and safety problems.

"We find extension cords across roads that some of our retailers have tripped on," he said. "We've had to bring in pest control because of rodents."

Knapton wants the city to find a different location for the van dwellers to park, somewhere where there are proper facilities and services for garbage.

"I'd like to see them clean it up. I'd like to see them find a place for these people," he said.

The City of Vancouver says it's aware of what's happening on this street, but it does not ticket people living inside vehicles.

The only thing it can enforce are parking regulations.

There are three-hour time limits in most of residential Vancouver, and tickets can cost $40-$100. An impound can top $200.

The city says that within the past week it's sent members of its homeless outreach team to help connect people living out of vehicles along Glen Drive with services or even long-term housing.

But not everyone who is living on the street wants to move anywhere else.

"I love it. I love it," said Kevin Royes, who has lived out of an RV for the past three years.

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