Court date for bid to evict Hayling Island travellers

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TRAVELLERS remain at a popular seaside car park as a local authority bids to legally move them on.

Twelve caravans moved on to the Havant Borough Council-owned car park, at the bottom of Chichester Avenue, Hayling Island, a week ago.

Although the travellers are paying to park during the day a by-law forbids anyone parking overnight on the seafront.

Gary Morton, environmental quality team leader at the council, said: ‘We have been at the county court seeking a hearing date.

‘After service of the hearing date the council must then give the travellers 72 hours’ notice of the court date, as we are not only applying for possession but an injunction to prevent them just moving on to another section of the beach.

‘The court date has now been confirmed for July 8.

‘We will continue to work together with the police and make regular visits to the site along with Beachlands patrol, the ranger team and parking enforcement to minimise disruption.’

A second group of travellers who were camped at Bartons Triangle, West Leigh, left on Friday afternoon.