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 - Monday 27 March 2017
Land at Wild Park - unauthorised encampment: We have visited this site with the police, to carry out health and welfare checks, and to a conduct community impact assessment. The group has been informed that they are trespassing on council-owned land and have been asked to leave. We are in the process of working with the police to direct the group to the Traveller site. Whilst the encampment remains we will continue to monitor this site with the police.
Madeira Drive- unauthorised encampment: We are aware that a small group has set up on land at Madeira Drive, and are currently working with the police to get this group moved on as soon as practicable. Whilst the unauthorised encampment remains we will monitor this site with the police.
Hollingbury Golf Course car park - unauthorised encampment: We will be seeking 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.