Travellers

Nomadic life is not illegal, and Travellers have a basic right to this way of life. The council recognises that this has to be balanced with the rights of the general public to enjoy private and public land.

Service update - Friday 22 July 2016

Wild Park and Carden Park, land adjacent to Chelwood Close - unauthorised encampment: We have visited this site with the police, to carry out health and welfare checks, and to conduct a community impact assessment. The group has been informed that they are trespassing on council-owned land and have to leave. We will be applying for possession of this land through the County Court, which once granted will enable us to arrange for an eviction to be carried out as soon as practicable.

Land at the Mast, Manor Hill - unauthorised encampment: We will be seeking possession of this land in the County Court on Thursday 21 July. Once granted, this will enable us to arrange for an eviction to be carried out as soon as practicable.

Land at Sheepcote Valley - unauthorised encampments:  This matter has been adjourned in the County Court until Wednesday 27 July. Once granted possession, we will be able to affect an eviction as soon as practicable after this date.

Preston Park- unauthorised encampment. we have visited this site with the police,  to carry out health and welfare checks, and to conduct a community impact assessment. The group has been informed that they are trespassing on council-owned land and have to leave. This encampment will leave this site before the weekend.

Waterhall and Hove Lawns- The council’s contractor attends unauthorised encampments regularly to clean up rubbish, fly-tipping and excrement. Once an encampment does leave, we ensure that the area is restored to its former condition so that residents can go on to enjoy their open space.

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