09/11/2013 14:16 EDT | Updated 11/11/2013 05:12 EST

Abbotsford gives homeless campers 24 hours to clear out

The City of Abbotsford has given a group of homeless people 24 hours to vacate a controversial camp where the city dumped chicken manure earlier this year.

Officials from the city put up signs yesterday giving the campers until 8 a.m. PT Thursday to vacate the Gladys Avenue site, citing health and safety concerns.

It’s not clear what will happen to those who choose not to leave, but on Wednesday morning it appeared most people were still inside their tents at the makeshift campsite.

Homeless advocates say they understand the city’s concerns but wonder where the people will go.

“The problem comes with what’s the solution?” said Ward Draper, a local pastor. “We still haven’t got a solution to stop this cycle of just kicking people around from one location to another.”

Earlier this year, it was revealed chicken manure was dumped at the site in order to deter homeless people and apparent drug users from congregating there.

Both the city manager and mayor apologized for the incident.

Emails later obtained by CBC News show managers from Abbotsford’s bylaw, forestry and parks departments were all involved.