MP and council discuss new approach on travellers
MP attended a Town Council meeting this week to discuss a number
of local issues, including a new 'collaborative approach' to tackling
James Heappey attended the council's Town Projects Committee meeting
on Tuesday (29th May) where members considered a consultation on
powers for dealing with unauthorised developments.
Heappey stressed the importance of a thorough response from the
Town Council as Burnham has been cited as the first case study on
a national level regarding unauthorised encampments of various groups
Cant, Town Clerk, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "Councillors agreed
that this is a significant problem for the community and the current
enforcement system is not adequate to deal with the problem."
from the police - Sgt Ryan Edwards - and Sedgemoor District Council
- Steve Hellard - were also at the meeting and described the difficulties
they faced with managing the frequent episodes.
added: "The technicalities of the removal process lead to delays
in the ability to move groups on and often they relocate to a nearby
site which means that the problem is only shifted slightly further
down the road."
authorities are working closely together to develop a joint protocol
which is currently in draft form, and collaborative working is needed
to try to solve these issues."
councillors agreed to form a new 'task and finish group' which will
meet urgently in order to prepare a full response to the consultation
by the end of this week.
Top, the travellers at Apex Park earlier this year; Above: MP James
Heappey at this week's council meeting in Burnham-On-Sea