MP calls for tougher laws on travellers after incidents in Burnham-on-Sea and Berrow

PUBLISHED: 12:30 28 October 2016

MP James Heappey wants more action to be taken against travellers.

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MP James Heappey has urged the Government to introduce tougher planning laws for travellers at an adjournment debate in Parliament.

There have been a number of issues in parts of the Wells MP’s constituency, with multiple incidents over the summer months in Burnham and Berrow.
Several traveller groups set up camp at sites in the area, and Sedgemoor District Council was forced to take legal action to remove them.
However, this was not a quick solution as it could often take up to a week for them to move under the current law.

Mr Heappey said: “It was an excellent debate, well supported by MPs whose constituencies have been similarly affected by illegal encampments.

“Given all the challenges we have had this summer in Burnham and Berrow, it was well worth having this debate.

“Crucially, the Government recognises just how frustrating this issue is and has reassured me policies are under review.”

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