rights issues' delay move of Berrow Village Green travellers
Parish Council says it is "doing all it can within the law"
to move a group of travellers camped on the village green who
have raised a number of human rights issues.
of the travellers vehicles have left the Village Green this week,
but a larger group remains in place and the council says it "shares
residents frustrations" about the situation.
Parish Council Clerk Lynn Smith said on Tuesday: "The original
group of travellers - three caravans and associated vehicles -
have now left the Village Green."
"The second group of travellers that arrived during the late
afternoon/early evening of Friday 22nd July 2016 remain in occupation.
Though we have been advised that the order for possession granted
by the Court on Monday 25th July 2016 applies to anyone trespassing
on the Village Green, the second group of travellers have, via
solicitors, raised a number of confidential human rights issues
arising from the fact that they were unaware of the court hearing
and so did not bring those issues to the attention of the court."
solicitors have advised us that we need to consider those issues
before taking any further action against the remaining travellers
and we are therefore currently following that advice. Failure
to do so could result in legal challenge with severe financial
consequences for the Parish Council."
"The Parish Council fully understands residents frustrations.
However, the law is such that obtaining possession of land requires
a specific procedure to be followed and that procedure unfortunately
is very little that the Parish Council can do about that. The
Parish Council shares residents frustrations. At this time
it is not possible to provide a definitive timescale but the Parish
Council is doing all it can to resolve the matter within the law."
The scenes on Berrow Village Green this week