spending thousands to move travellers in Burnham area
of pounds of public money is being spent on moving travellers from
council land in Burnham-On-Sea.
District Council told Burnham-On-Sea.com this week that it is facing
a constant stream of work to move travellers parked in the town.
legal costs of moving each group runs into hundreds of pounds -
a figure that is rising as the summer draws on.
spokeswoman Claire Faun told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "It is nearly
impossible to put an average cost on traveller incursions onto council-owned
only fixed costs are the court fee - £355 is for issuing the
claim. That is payable once for each group. There are no further
court fees in attending court just officer time."
She added: "We do not cost our solicitors time. Any staff time
costs - which can be up to several hours in visits to the site,
preparing court papers, attending court, re-visiting the site with
the legal documentation are absorbed as part of the day-to-day
work of our legal department."
"When it comes to the clear-up, there is no average cost. Some
travellers leave the area in a good state whereby not much or any
additional cleaning is needed. Other times, we may have to deploy
our clean surroundings staff for a period of time."
Top, travellers in Burnham's seafront car park this week and, above,
on the Esplanade grass verge earlier this year and, below, at Highbridge
railway station last month