Travellers given 24 hours to leave Burnham-on-Sea

PUBLISHED: 16:04 24 April 2018 | UPDATED: 16:56 24 April 2018

The grass area on Marine Drive. Picture: Google.

The grass area on Marine Drive. Picture: Google.

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A group of travellers have been served with a legal notice to leave Burnham within the next 24 hours.

Two caravans and two cars arrived on a grassed area yesterday (Monday) evening in Marine Drive, near the entrance to Apex Park, which is owned by Sedgemoor District Council.

A spokesman for the council said: “There is a small group of travellers on the grassed area in Marine Drive outside Apex Park, which is on council-owned land.

“We believe they arrived during Monday evening.

“Our legal team has this morning (Tuesday) served notice on the travellers, giving them 24 hours to move on as well as carrying out the statutory checks at the same time.

“If they have not gone within that time, we will start court proceedings tomorrow (Wednesday).

“If they do not vacate, an application is made to the county court for a possession order.”

Wells MP James Heappey said: “The council have assured me legal staff have visited the site today, planning to issue a notice for the travellers to move on unless there are any mitigating circumstances.

“I will be seeking a further update tomorrow morning. There is no excuse for illegal encampments and I trust this one will be moved on as quickly as possible.

“Sedgemoor’s speed of response shows that Burnham and the surrounding area will be much more difficult for travellers to illegally encamp this summer.

“People need to see travellers are not above the law and our authorities are exercising the powers they have to minimise disruption.”

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