Travellers set up camp weeks after court cleared Hayling site

MOVING IN Travellers at the Sea Front car park on Hayling Island (112993-3)
MOVING IN Travellers at the Sea Front car park on Hayling Island (112993-3)
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TRAVELLERS have set up camp at a seafront car park on Hayling Island only weeks after Havant Borough Council battled through the courts to clear the site.

Five caravans and a campervan are in the car park at the bottom of Chichester Avenue.

It became home to a group of travellers for more than two weeks at the beginning of July.

The council finally obtained an order from the courts last month prohibiting the travellers from returning.

But the order relates to the group of travellers, rather than the land.

Because this is a different group, the council must go to the courts again to evict them.

Council rangers visited the travellers yesterday to assess their needs and the public toilets have been left open 24 hours a day to minimise any mess left at the site.

Chairman of Hayling Island Residents’ Association Paul Fisher said islanders were finding the encampments frustrating.

He said: ‘People are not happy.

‘They seem to be able to run rings round the council.

‘People feel they are being given more privileges than they deserve.

‘They are using the facilities at Chichester Avenue which could potentially discourage people from coming to Hayling.’

The group set up camp last Friday and have paid for week-long parking permits, costing £30 each.

They are parking illegally, however, as overnight parking is not allowed in the car park.

Operational services manager at Havant Borough Council Peter Vince said the council had instructed the travellers to move on yesterday and they were now seeking a formal court order.

He added: ‘The council will now seek the swift removal of the encampment via the magistrates’ court in a timely and sensitive fashion.

‘As different individuals are present on site the council is under statutory obligations to have regard to the welfare of such persons and to start the removal process afresh.’