MP urges Government to adopt Irish law on travellers
MP James Heappey has this week joined forces with dozens of other
MPs to encourage the Government to adopt the 'Irish law' on travellers.
this law is implemented, then deliberate trespassing would become
a criminal offence and could be dealt with by the police, with the
support of local authorities.
Heappey has been campaigning for tougher laws on travellers following
a number of incidents in the Wells constituency, including the Burnham
the past two years, there have been illegal encampments in Berrow,
Highbridge and routinely in the car parks of Burnham-On-Sea, as
well as in Brean.
Heappey and a number of supporting MPs have this week written to
James Brokenshire MP, Minister for Housing, Communities and Local
Government, asking for consideration of this proposal to give local
authorities and the police additional powers to tackle
to Burnham-On-Sea.com, Mr Heappey said: "Travellers in the
Wells constituency have cost local councils thousands of pounds
as a result of legal action, as well as clear-up operations following
Somerset we have had far too many illegal encampments. The Irish
Law has proven very successful and I would like to see it
or something similar here."
Several travellers pitched up at Highbridge's Apex Park in April,
as pictured above, when large amounts of rubbish were left behind.
reported here last
week that Sedgemoor District Council has spent more than £5,400
in the past two years removing people camping illegally on its land.
authority published the figures and new details of its procedure
for removing travellers from 'unauthorised encampments'. A report
was considered at its corporate scrutiny committee on Tuesday (June
council has pledged to provide more authorised travellers sites
in the district to reduce the number of illegal encampments and
the cost to taxpayers of dealing with them.
April 23rd, 2016 and May 30th, 2018, the council had to deal with
16 illegal encampments five in the last eight months of 2016,
eight in 2017 and three in 2018 to date.