group of travellers arrive in Burnham-On-Sea seafront car park
new, large group of travellers pitched up in Burnham-On-Sea's seafront
car park on Sunday evening (July 1st) - the latest in a series of
visits this summer.
group, pictured here, comprising of almost 20 vehicles, arrived
in the Esplanade car park next to B&M early on Sunday evening,
occupying scores of spaces at the southern-most end.
District Council, which owns the car park, is again starting the
legal process of getting the group moved from the car park.
were called to the car park when this latest group arrived, and
officers were seen visiting each caravan to check on the occupants'
week's arrival comes after a series of visits by travellers to the
car park over recent years - including one last month when a small
group was in situ for almost a week.
group of travellers is still pitched up on the Bank Street Car Park
in Highbridge - and legal action is underway by Sedgemoor to get
them moved as well.
last month that Sedgemoor District Council had revealed that
tax payers have footed a bill of £5,400 during the last two
years to get travellers moved using the legal process outlined above.
Burnham-On-Sea's MP James Heappey is working on a change to the
law to try and prevent travellers illegally trespassing on land,
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.