MP supports traveller consultation after group illegally pitches in Burnham

PUBLISHED: 11:00 04 May 2018

The grass area on Marine Drive. Picture: Google.

The grass area on Marine Drive. Picture: Google.

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A Government consultation on tackling illegal traveller encampments has been backed by a Wells MP.

James Heappey has welcomed a consultation to address the issue, which will assess whether court proceedings can be sped up to ensure encampments are moved on quickly.

Over the past two years, there have been illegal bases in Berrow, Burnham-on-Sea and Brean, with a summons served against a group who pitched up on Burnham’s Apex Park last month.

MORE: Legal action begins against travellers in Burnham.

Mr Heappey said: “I have been pushing the Government to be ambitious in the scope of its review in to dealing with illegal traveller encampments.

“It is great they have responded in this way, as the trespass laws introduced in Ireland, where police have discretion to direct groups to leave land, have been successful so far.

“All any of us are asking for is both travelling and settled communities live by the same laws.”

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