July 26, 2016
'Human rights issues' delay move of Berrow Village Green travellers

Berrow 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.

Several 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.

Berrow 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."

"Our 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 takes time."

"There 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."

Pictured: The scenes on Berrow Village Green this week


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