The following is a statement from the Halifax Regional Municipality regarding the removal of an illegal and unsafe structure on municipal property:
Mid-afternoon on Saturday, Feb. 26, the municipality was made aware that a large (12x12x10) illegal structure was being built at Meagher Park.
Halifax Regional Police visited the site and it was determined that this illegal structure was intended to serve as a cooking facility for occupants of the park. Due to the safety risks of operating an illegal structure of this nature in a public park, the individuals building the structure were asked to remove it.
A number of hours later, when the structure had not been voluntarily removed, municipal staff began removal efforts. No other items, including tents, temporary shelters, or food, were removed from Meagher Park.
No fines were issued by municipal staff, at Meagher Park, on Saturday.
With the safety of all residents as a top priority, it was the municipality’s obligation to take action using appropriate enforcement of existing by-laws and regulations.
For more information on the municipality’s approach to homelessness and initiatives to support affordable housing, visit our website.