Travellers' vehicles camping at Eastney removed after police and council operation

VEHICLES belonging to travellers ordered to leave a coastal encampment have been removed.

Wednesday, 3rd October 2018, 3:53 pm
Updated Thursday, 4th October 2018, 7:34 am
Vehicles which had been parked at Ferry Road, Eastney

Portsmouth City Council (PCC) won a court order last week telling owners of 16 vehicles in Ferry Road and Fort Cumberland Road, Eastney, to remove them or risk them being taken away.

At the start of a PCC operation today, supported by Hampshire police, there were eight vehicles still present '“ but four were removed by the owners.

Four others were taken away by council contractors.

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The four seized vehicles will be stored for seven days and, if not claimed, will be scrapped.

Councillor Dave Ashmore, cabinet member for environment and community safety, said: '˜These vehicles were on public land, which we look after on behalf of the people of Portsmouth. Many had been there for a long time.

'˜They did not have permission to be there, and they were affecting the ability of other people to use and enjoy the area.

'˜We attempted to work with those on the land so this matter wouldn't have to go to court, but unfortunately this was to no avail.' 

On today's removal, he added: '˜This was a well-run operation which went very smoothly.'