29 March, 2018

Swift action sees travellers move on from Margate car park

Thanet District Council can confirm that the traveller incursion at the Dreamland car park in Margate, which is owned by the council, has moved on ahead of the Easter weekend.

Having been made aware on Tuesday 27 March that there were a number of travellers on the site, our community safety officers have worked hard to ensure that the site was visited to undertake the required welfare checks. Once they were happy that no welfare needs were identified, officers issued a Section 77 notice requiring them to leave the land forthwith.

This direction to leave was not complied with and the council applied to the court for a full hearing. On this occasion the court was able to schedule it without delay and we were due to attend court today (Thursday 29 March).

A court summons was issued to the group on Wednesday 28 March for a hearing on Thursday 29th. Subsequent to the issuing of the summons, officers revisited the site and established that the unauthorised encampment has now moved on.

Clearance of any rubbish left behind at the location has now been scheduled.

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