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Travellers move in across Surrey

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Travellers move in across Surrey

Published at 10:53am 25th July 2017. (Updated at 7:56pm 25th July 2017)

Some travellers who had pitched up across various sites in Surrey are being evicted.

Waverley Borough Council has said those at Wrecclesham Recreation Ground in Farnham, who have been there since last Friday (July 21), are being moved on today.

It comes after the Council was granted an Order by Guildford Magistrates to seek immediate possession of the ground.

The Council also said those parked up at Brightwells Gardens & Dogflud Car Park moved earlier today.

A statement on the Council's website said the sites are being cleaned.

In Farnham over the past 12 days, groups of travellers have been at Farnham Park, Heath End Recreation Ground, Weybourne Recreation Ground, Dogflud car park in the town centre, Brightwells Gardens and Wrecclesham Recreation Ground.


Yesterday (July 24), Councillor Julia Potts, Leader of Waverley Borough Council, said: “Council officers and Surrey Police officers are conducting regular patrols of the sites and we have stepped up security in some areas to provide community reassurance.

“We have used our powers to evict the travellers as quickly as possible, however they have continued to remain in the Farnham area.


"The council and the police are looking at how we manage the situation and will be liaising with other local authorities, Elmbridge and Surrey Heath, which are experiencing similar situations.”

Some travellers are still encamped at unauthorised sites in Camberley, Weybridge, Cobham and Esher.

In Camberley, around 14 caravans and about 20 vehicles belonging to the group are occupying the car park at the Arena Leisure Centre.


A spokesperson for Surrey Heath Borough Council told Eagle its officer had made an assessment - and that they were planning to serve the travellers with a Notice to leave. 

A statement on its website said: "We are aware of a traveller incursion at Arena Leisure Centre car park and are working with the relevant agencies to resolve the situation.There are 14 caravans and approximately 20 associated vehicles on site.

"We have served a notice directing the travellers to leave by midday" (today).

Meanwhile, groups of travellers pitched up at Cobbs Green in Lower Green in Esher earlier this month (July 5), Brooklands Community Park on Friday (July 21) and at the Leg Of Mutton Open Space last week Wednesday (July 19).

Today, Elmbridge Borough Council said Guildford Magistrates Court, having heard their application yesterday (July 24), has granted an Order for the Removal of people and vehicles unlawfully on Cobbs Green.

In a statement, the Council said: "This means that the Council is now authorised to proceed with enforcement action, that being to remove the vehicles off the land with their occupants and their property.

"If the vehicles/caravans still remain on the land, having been served with this Order, bailiffs will be instructed to enforce this Order as soon as possible.

"A full clear up will be arranged and the site secured at the earliest opportunity."

The Council has said it is shortly planning to carry out an assessment at Brooklands, following a report of an  unauthorised encampment at Brooklands Community Park last Friday (July 21).

It said: "The Council will now assess whether to serve them with a Notice of Direction to leave under Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994.

It has already carried out an assessment at the Leg of Mutton Open Space in Cobham - after a report of an unauthorised encampment last week Wednesday (July 19), and will now assess whether to serve the travellers with a Notice of Direction to leave under Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994.

In both incidents, if the travellers do not leave in compliance with the Notice, the Council has said it will seek a removal order from the Magistrates Court.

Once both sites are secured, a full clear up will be scheduled.







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