MP to meet Minister to discuss travellers issue
MP has confirmed he is set to met with the Communities Secretary
to discuss how the government can better tackle illegal traveller
sites across the area.
first reported here,
James Heappey brought up the issue in the House of Commons during
last week's Prime Ministers Questions.
will meet with the Communities Secretary Sajid Javid to discuss
no date has yet been set for the MP to meet him, Mr Heappey is asking
local residents, parish councils and local authorities to share
their views with him on the matter beforehand.
Mr Heappey told Burnham-On-Sea.com this week: "This has become
such an important issue locally with many people angry at what they
perceive to be one rule for travellers and another for everyone
"Im glad the Prime Minister has agreed to look at this.
The correct process costs local taxpayers too much and it takes
too long to enforce."
Heappey says he held a meeting with key Government departments,
Avon and Somerset Police and local councils last year to better
understand what more can be done within existing powers to tackle
has already raised the issue in Parliament. In his question to the
Prime Minister he asked that more is done to make the process quicker
and cheaper for local authorities.
He asked the Prime Minister: "Residents in communities across
the Wells Constituency have been angered this summer by a seemingly
endless stream of illegal traveller encampments. Will the Prime
Minister look at what more Government could do to help local authorities
close these illegal encampments more quickly and at less cost to
The Prime Minister said that she recognised the frustration that
illegal encampments cause and has asked the Communities Secretary
to look at the matter further.
said: "He has raised an important issue. It is not an issue
that is unique to his constituency of Wells. It is felt by many
members across this house and we are concerned about unauthorised
encampments and the effect that they have when they leave communities.
There is a wide range of powers available to both local authorities
and police. We want to see them working together and with local
landowners but we do keep these matters under review and Im
sure my Right Honourable Friend the Communities Secretary will be
happy to meet with my honourable friend to discuss this."