There are stripped wires all over the place — indicative of metal theft — along with used needles, Narcan kits and other trash
Langley resident Scott Thompson says he noticed a few months ago that an out-of-the-way development property near his home was starting to pile up with debris.
When Thompson took a closer look recently at the 1.2-hectare property at 20256 34th Ave., which sold in May 2022 for $7.75 million and is now assessed at $8.44 million, he was shocked.
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“In the past three weeks, that debris has doubled, and now it’s starting to spread into the Noel Booth (Elementary) School parking lot,” he said on Tuesday.
He said the debris seems to be a mix of construction-site materials and junk left behind by people using the soccer-field-sized property as a dumpsite for household waste. There are also indications that squatters are on the property, including drug users and thieves.
There are stripped wires all over the place — indicative of metal theft — along with used needles, Narcan kits and other trash.
“All the doors and windows are open and broken off, and everything is stolen from the house,” he said. “When I was there the other day, two … individuals ran out of the house and jumped the fence.”
Thompson saw several makeshift fire pits around the property, and is pretty sure someone is squatting in the mostly intact basement space. He said it is a good thing it’s winter or the whole property would be a fire waiting to happen.
And there is more and more junk being dumped all the time.
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On Tuesday, when Thompson was escorting a Postmedia photographer around the site, “a guy came around the corner in an old work van (full of junk). I think we surprised him. He was obviously there to dump.”
Thompson said he posted the eyesore on Facebook after finding out a local rule means he can’t report it to Langley Township bylaw officers.
“You have to live within 500 metres to make an official complaint,” he said. Thompson estimates he lives about 800 metres away.
Because he knows Langley Township Mayor Eric Woodward, he sent pictures of the mess to him on Monday.
The mayor said, “It’s the first I’ve heard of this. We’re on it,” said Thompson.
In a statement, Langley Township said it hadn’t received any complaints about the property before this week.
“The property of concern was brought to the township’s attention early (Wednesday),” it said. “A file has been opened for investigation and a site inspection was conducted.”
It said bylaw enforcement is reaching out to the property owner to ensure the debris is removed and the “unsecured structure” is dealt with.
Chamkaur Sandhu, who is listed as a director of property owner Golden Pillars 34 Developments, told Postmedia he had not heard about debris piling up at the site and has not been contacted by anyone from the township.
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Sandhu said he and two of his partners were planning to meet at the property Wednesday afternoon to see what they can do about the mess.
Golden Pillars is in the process of applying to Langley Township to develop up to 68 townhouses on the site, according to Sandhu, although the ultimate decision on density will be up to the municipality.
He said he expects it will be at least a year and a half before the project, in whatever final form it takes, reaches the construction phase.
In the meantime, Thompson just wants the owner to clean things up.
“He’s got to go in there and board that place up or something.”
Otherwise, Thompson worries the dumping will keep getting worse.
“It’s so out of the way, nobody would ever go down that road unless they were going to dump something.”
Thompson said he doesn’t mind making a fuss when something like this is going on in his south Langley neighbourhood.
“They all know me (around here). I’m the a–hole of Brookswood,” Thompson said with a chuckle. “They know I’m not pissing around.”