Brookswood resident Shannon Donaldson posted this image of the clutter next door on social media. (Shannon Donaldson/Special to Langley Advance Times)

Brookswood resident Shannon Donaldson posted this image of the clutter next door on social media. (Shannon Donaldson/Special to Langley Advance Times)

Clutter and noise next door; how a Brookswood resident is struggling with neighbours

Owner of problem property cites ban on evictions during pandemic as contributing factor

Brookswood resident Shannon Donaldson is sick and tired of living next door to clutter and noise and she would like someone to do something about it.

Donaldson, who lives in the 2400 block of 200 Street, told the Langley Advance Times the problem started around the beginning of the year when a number of camping trailers appeared on the property next door, along with some large storage trailers.

“It looked like a homeless camp,” Donaldson commented.

That was when Donaldson said the problems started.

Donald described people screaming at each other, loud music, a generator running around-the-clock and bright lights shining into her windows.

“They were partying all night long,” Donaldson said.

When she has complained to the RCMP, Donaldson said she’s been told it’s a bylaw matter, and when she goes to the Township bylaws department, they wil only say it is an “open case.”

“I think they’re just giving lip service,” Donaldson fumed.

When they complained to the property owner about the tenants, they were told no one was living in the trailers.

“[But] the lights were on,” Donaldson maintained.

READ ALSO: Missed rent payments because of COVID-19? You have until July 2021 to pay up

Finally, out of frustration, Donaldson took to social media to post pictures of the clutter next door.

“Does anyone have any other ideas of what to do?” she asked.

When the Langley Advance Times contacted the Township of Langley about the matter, the response was an unsigned statement via email that confirmed there was an “active investigation file” on the complaint.

“Our records indicate that a bylaw officer has been in contact with the complainant on more than one occasion,” the Township message said.

“It is important for complainants to understand that some bylaw complaints can involve a long and methodical investigation and enforcement process, and while the Township continues to work on the complaints during that process, there are not often frequent updates to provide.”

It added the property in question was zoned SR-2 which allows for the parking of RV’s, but “does not permit persons to live in a recreational trailer.”

READ ALSO: COVID-19: B.C. eviction ban ends for tenants owing back rent

When contacted for comment, the property owner, who gave his name as “Pete,” said he has been trying to get some problem tenants evicted, but could not because of the B.C. government ban on evictions during the COVID-19 state of emergency

With that ban now coming to an end, Pete said he has filed the necessary paperwork to have them evicted.

However it plays out, Donaldson is hoping for some peace and quiet.

“I just want to not be wakened by yelling and screaming,” Donaldson commented.

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

CoronavirusLangley Township

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Mark Chandler, outside of his extradition hearing at the Vancouver Supreme Court. (Langley Advance Times files)
Langley condo builder’s fraud sentencing in U.S. delayed due to COVID-19

Mark Chandler’s own lawyer contracted COVID-19 in December

People have noticed pine siskins dying in the area, part of a trend of larger numbers of the finch flocking to the area about every five years. The larger numbers result in crowding and increased spread of salmonella. (Wikipedia photo)
Langley birdwatchers seeing dead finch species in higher numbers

Pine siskins are in the area in larger numbers. They are prone to salmonella which is fatal for them

Electric charging stations, like this one outside the new North Delta Centre for the Arts, might be seeing more commercial delivery vehicles using them soon, if a provincial rebate program takes off. (James Smith photo/Special to Black Press Media)
Restaurants to get big rebates for electric delivery vehicles

The project boosts the rebates for electric commercial and industrial vehicles in B.C.

The CubicFarm System moves rows of leafy greens through a system calibrated to grow the perfect crop. (
Veritcal farm company based in Pitt Meadows, Langley raises millions

The company has raised more than $15 million from investors

Langley Thunder (Black Press Media files)
Langley Thunder trades for Maple Ridge’s Cody Malawsky

BC Junior A Lacrosse League draft was held remotely on Thursday, Jan. 14

Health Minister Adrian Dix and provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry head for the press theatre at the B.C. legislature for an update on COVID-19, Jan. 7, 2021. (B.C. government)
B.C.’s COVID-19 spread steady with 509 new cases Friday

Hospitalized and critical care cases decline, nine deaths

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Seasonal influenza vaccine is administered starting each fall in B.C. and around the world. (Langley Advance Times)
After 30,000 tests, influenza virually nowhere to be found in B.C.

COVID-19 precautions have eliminated seasonal infection

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau listens to a question during a news conference outside Rideau cottage in Ottawa, Friday, January 8, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Trudeau says Canada’s COVID vaccine plan on track despite Pfizer cutting back deliveries

Canadian officials say country will still likely receive four million doses by the end of March

Jobs Minister Ravi Kahlon shared a handwritten note his son received on Jan. 13, 2021. (Ravi Kahlon/Twitter)
Proud dad moment: B.C. minister’s son, 10, receives handwritten note for act of kindness

North Delta MLA took to Twitter to share a letter his son received from a new kid at school

Lilly and Poppy, two cats owned by Kalmar Cat Hotel ownder Donna Goodenough, both have cerebellAr hypoplasia, a genetic neurological condition that affects their ability to control their muscles and bones. Photo by Alistair Taylor – Campbell River Mirror
VIDEO: Wobbly Cats a riot of flailing legs and paws but bundles of love and joy to their owner

Woman urges others to not fear adopting cats with disabilities

Chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam provides an update on the COVID-19 pandemic in Ottawa on Friday, Jan. 8, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Canada’s top doctor says to avoid non-essential travel as B.C. explores legal options

Premier John Horgan says he is seeking legal advice on whether it can limit interprovincial travel

The Delta Hospice Society operates the Harold & Veronica Savage Centre for Supportive Care (pictured) and the Irene Thomas Hospice in Ladner. (The Canadian Press photo)
Fraser Health to evict Delta Hospice Society, open new hospice beds next door

Health authority will serve DHS 30 days’ notice when service agreement expires Feb. 25

Martin Luther King Jr. addresses the crowd during the march on Washington, D.C., in August of 1963. Courtesy photo
Government reinforces importance of anti-racism act on Black Shirt Day

B.C. Ministers say education “a powerful tool” in the fight for equity and equality

Most Read