MP presses Prime Minister for action on travellers
MP has this week asked Prime Minister Theresa May to do more to
prevent 'illegal' traveller encampments in the local area.
Heappey raised the issue during Prime Minister's Question Time in
the House of Commons following a summer of visits by groups of travellers
in Burnham-On-Sea and surrounding villages which "angered"
Heappey told the Prime Minister: "Residents in communities
across the Wells constituency have been angered this summer by a
seemingly endless stream of illegal traveller encampments."
the Prime Minister look at what more the Government could do to
help local authorities to close these illegal encampments more quickly
and at less cost to local taxpayers?"
May responded: "My Hon. Friend raises an important issue, and
it is not unique to his constituency; it is felt by many members
across the House."
are concerned about unauthorised encampments and the effect when
they leave communities."
wide range of powers is available to local authorities and the police,
and we want to see them working together and with local landowners."
do keep these matters under review, and I am sure my right hon.
Friend the Communities Secretary will be happy to meet my hon. Friend
to discuss them."
comes after travellers set up camp on Burnham-On-Sea's
Esplanade and in the town's Pier Street car park several times,
for police. There were also issues with camps in several nearby
WATCH: Video of the exchange with the Prime Minister: