return to Burnham-On-Sea seafront car park amid legal action
were called to Burnham-On-Sea's seafront car park after a group
of travellers pitched up last night (Thursday).
vehicles, including three lage caravans, arrived in the Esplanade
car park near to the B&M store, as pictured here.
were called to the southern side of the car park and were seen visiting
each caravan to check on the occupants' plans to leave.
District Council, which owns the car park, is aware of the situation
and is already planning legal action to get the group moved on.
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.