Council serves legal notice on travellers in Highbridge
A new group of travellers comprising of three caravans has pitched up on the Bank
Street Car Park in Highbridge.
This is a different group than the travellers who were at Pier
Street in Burnham-On-Sea last week.
In conjunction with the Police, Sedgemoor's Legal team served notice
on the group on Monday morning, giving them 24 hours to move on,
as well as carrying out the statutory checks required by law at
the same time.
The council told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "They are causing no
problems and appear to be keeping the car park clean and tidy."
"If they are still present on Tuesday then legal proceedings
will be issued."
The travellers group who were occupying Pier Street car park in
Burnham-On-Sea left over the weekend, leaving little rubbish.
Council's steps to get the travellers
This is the process
that the district council follows once there is an unauthorised
incursion on to Sedgemoor District Council owned land:
The travellers are issued with a letter advising that they
are occupying council land without consent and are usually
required to vacate within 24 hours.
If they do not vacate an application is made to the County
Court for a Possession Order and the notice of hearing is
then served on the travellers.
Under court rules, travellers must be given two clear days
of notice of the hearing, not including the day that the notice
was served, the day of the hearing and not including week-ends
or bank holidays; which is why it usually takes at least a
week to move them on.
If they do not vacate, the Council attends the court hearing
and seeks an Order for Possession Forthwith. This is then
usually served on the travellers the same day with the instruction
that they vacate within 24 hours.
If they still do not vacate, the Police and Bailiffs are called
in to assist with the removal.
earlier this month that Sedgemoor District Council revealed
that tax payers have footed a bill of £5,400 during the last
two years to get travellers moved using the legal process.
MP James Heappey is working on a change to the law to prevent travellers
illegally trespassing on land, as we reported