car park travellers: Council starts legal proceedings
District Council has begun legal action to get a group of travellers
moved from Burnham-On-Sea's seafront car park.
vehicles, including four large caravans, are pitched up in the Esplanade
car park near to the B&M store, as pictured here.
District Council, which owns the car park, has begun the legal process
to get the group moved on.
Spokeswoman Claire Faun told Bunham-On-Sea.com: "The
travellers were issued with a letter on Friday morning advising
them that they are occupying council land without consent and they
are required to vacate it within 24 hours."
they do not vacate the car park, an application will be made to
the County Court for a Possession Order on Monday and the notice
of hearing will then be served on the travellers."
were called to the southern side of the car park on Thursday evening
when they arrived, when Police were seen visiting each caravan to
check on the occupants' plans to leave.
week's arrival comes after a series of visits by travellers to the
car park over recent years.
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 three 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.
last week 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.
Burnham's MP James Heappey is currently working on a change to the
law to prevent travellers illegally trespassing on land, as Burnham-On-Sea.com
here this week.