Thank you to all of you who were in touch yesterday to warn of the Travellers who had arrived in King’s Park and next to the doctor’s surgery in
To give you a full update on what has happened to date:
A group of 7 traveller caravans arrived in
Parks Officers reacted quickly to closing the
We were then advised (at around 7:30pm) that these remaining travellers had gained entry to
My apologies for the amount of detail but it is just to show that every reasonable step was taken to prevent this incursion from growing.
From a first look, it appears that this is the same group that occupied the same area last year (August 2007). This group generally frequent the area to stay locally for the Steam Fair at the end of August. As these were working travellers there was a lot of garden and other waste left behind, unlike the other recent group on the East Overcliff. Because of the behaviour of some of this group and the damage that was caused in order to get on to the space, this may be reflected in the speed we can reclaim the land, however the minimum is usually within 7-10 days.
Our parks officers will be carrying out the initial needs assessment later today with a Police Officer and our lawyers will be briefed on Monday in order to start the legal process.
I’m very grateful to Brian Heppenstall from the King’s Park team who has provided much of the detail for this information.
You may be aware that Jane has already arranged for wooden stakes to be placed around the green space in
I’ll of course keep you up to date with any further developments.