A Travellers’ group has moved on to Dane Valley Green.
Several caravans and vehicles are reported to have moved on to the site, close to the SureStart building, this evening (November 28)
Ward councillors Gary Taylor and Gary Hillman have been contacted by worried residents.
Cllr Taylor said: “Around 3 caravans are there at the moment. Residents have been contacting us in the last couple of hours about of their concerns Cllr Gary Hillman has contacted the relevant people at TDC.”
Cllr Hillman added: ““We have reported this new infringement to TDC and expect the normal procedure to follow. We also continue to push for a mound the length of the green to stop further infringements.”
In June the pair appealed to Thanet council for a ditch to be cut along the perimeter and the soil used to make mound, sewn with wild flowers, as a preventative measure.
The site has been targeted by Traveller groups several times this year.
On April 5 a group moved caravans onto the site and left on April 13 – apparently to another spot on the isle.
A second Traveller community arrived soon after and did not leave until May 3.
On June 27 Travellers who had set up at Jackey Bakers field in Ramsgate were moved on – but set a ‘new’ encampment up at Dane Park in Margate. They were moved on the same night and eventually set up camp in Herne Bay.
A further encampment arrived in July.
Thanet council officers are likely to undertake welfare checks and then issue S77 notices to quit. The authority may then have to apply to the courts for an eviction notice, costing some £226. If further hearings are necessary, this can go up to £355 each time.
There have been some 84 illegal encampments in Thanet this year, the majority of these being Traveller camps, compared to just two in 2014.
Read here: Dramatic rise of Traveller encampments in Thanet may force ‘official site’ review
Surely eviction notices should last longer so they cannot return or enter other sites in the same area. The cost to Thanet must be a burden with cuts being made elsewhere in the Council.
It’s a great idea to block-off all of these sites with fencing, bollards or mounds so if any others arrive they will be put off from stopping. It will then be a criminal offence if force is made to enter.