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Travellers turn up on Guildford green for the THIRD time in two weeks

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Travellers turn up on Guildford green for the THIRD time in two weeks

Published at 9:32am 2nd August 2019. (Updated at 8:59am 20th August 2019)

A group of travellers has turned up at a residential green in Bellfields in Guildford - in the third illegal encampment in just two weeks.

They arrived on the green in Hazel Avenue off Woking Road yesterday.

On July 18 travellers arrived in the area with residents reporting seeing livestock on the site, including a pony that was not tied up, chickens in cages, a cockerel, and dogs.

After two days, they left - with another group then arriving just days later on July 22.

It comes after residents were asked for their views on erecting barriers around the green to restrict vehicle access - ideas included fencing, trees, timber bollards and knee rail.

The majority of respondents were in favour of some sort of boundary (72%) although not fencing. 

No barriers have been erected at this stage.

Guildford Borough Council says it is aware of the latest encampment and issued the following statement:

"We are aware of the traveller encampment at Bellfields and are in the process of doing all we can, as quickly as possible.

"We are working with the Police to resolve the issue and we will continue to monitor the situation."

Surrey Police has told Eagle that it is monitoring the situation - and that Guildford Borough Council are taking the lead on the matter "at this time":

"We are aware of the unauthorised encampment currently situated at Moggy Pond, Bellfields.

"Officials from Guildford Borough Council will now follow their established policies and procedures.

"Guildford Borough Council will liaise with interested parties on this matter in the local area.

"There are set processes and policies that will now be followed. 

The police said all enquiries should be directed to the council at 01483 505050 or email customerservices@guildford.gov.uk

 

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