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MP James Heappey urges Government to take action on travellers

PUBLISHED: 12:30 02 October 2017

James Heappey speaking in parliament.

James Heappey speaking in parliament.


A Somerset MP has urged the Government to crack down on illegal travellers in the county after a summer consisting of an ‘endless stream’ of incidents.

Wells MP James Heappey, whose constituency includes Burnham, Highbridge and Cheddar, addressed Prime Minister Theresa May and asked what more can be done to help local authorities.

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He said: “Residents in communities across the Wells constituency have been angered this summer by a seemingly endless stream of illegal traveller encampments. What more can the Government could do to help local authorities close these illegal encampments more quickly and at less cost to local taxpayers?”

Mrs May said Mr Heappey will be able to meet with the Communities Secretary and he is calling on people to share their views with him.

He added: “I’m glad the Prime Minister has agreed to look at this. The process costs local taxpayers too much and takes too long to enforce.”

MORE: The Mercury speaks to the Somerset MP about issues in Somerset.

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