The City of Nelson has issued a 48 hour eviction notice to the Occupy Nelson group at City Hall.
The notice was issued on Monday at 3 p.m. which said that the occupiers hat 48 hours to remove all structures and vehicles from city grounds.
Deputy police chief Henry Paivarinta said when the clock runs out today that occupiers will hopefully be compliant.
“Up to this point it’s been quite amicable. They’ve discussed it with city council and representatives from City Hall. They’ve looked at other alternatives and declined them, and they’ve exercised their right to protest but it’s essentially run it’s course,” said Paivarinta.
The notices were handed out by members of the Nelson Police Department and Nelson Fire and Rescue.
“Council has been supportive of the Occupy Nelson group’s right to public protest and the message they are communicating. However, tents and structures on public land are in violation of City bylaws,” read a press release from the city issued on Monday.
Paivarinta said by issuing the notice the city has exercised their right under the bylaw.
“Let’s face it, everybody in the community, all of the stakeholders, we’d like to see them comply and the thing is if the city exercises it’s right to remove those things, when they go to do that, if they are met with resistance, then of course we’re there to stand by and keep the peace,” he said.
Council also hopes that the occupiers will respect the wishes of council and will peacefully vacate the City Hall grounds by this afternoon.
“Council’s eviction order is consistent with other orders that have been upheld by the courts across the country,” read the press release. “Council wishes to resolve the situation amicably without having to go to court.”
The press release emphasized that should the group attempt to take the order to court it would be extremely costly to the city, and as a result to tax payers.
If the tents are not removed after the 48 hour period they will be at risk of being removed and disposed of without further notice.