Council take legal action against travellers in Burnham-on-Sea

PUBLISHED: 10:00 06 June 2017

Travellers have been on Burnham seafront for the past week.

Travellers have been on Burnham seafront for the past week.

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Legal action is being taken against a group travellers who have set up home on Burnham seafront – and police could also be called upon to help evict them.

Sedgemoor District Council has begun the legal process of removing the travellers, and the authority’s solicitor was in court on Monday.

A spokesman for the authority told the Mercury: “The council is aware of the travellers on council-owned land at Burnham and started the legal process to remove them last week.

“We have a co-ordinated plan of action to deal with these incursions, but there are statutory time scales which we have to abide by.

“Our solicitor has been to get the final order requiring them to vacate, so they should be moving on imminently.

“If they still do not vacate, the police and bailiffs are called in to assist with their removal.”

There have been multiple incidents in Burnham over the past year, with the council last having to take legal action back in February.

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