Travellers have moved back on to Dane Valley Green

The new encampment has been reported to Thanet council

Residents have alerted ward councillors to the reappearance of Travellers on Dane Valley Green.

Four caravans and additional vehicles arrived on the green this afternoon (April 14).

Ward councillor Gary Hillman has reported the encampment to Thanet council but the offices are closed for the weekend.

The area was used by Travellers several times last 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.

In July Photo John Cripps

A further encampment arrived in July and another in November.

If Thanet council has to apply to the courts for an eviction notice it will cost some £226. If further hearings are necessary, this can go up to £355 each time.

Last June ward Cllr Hillman and Cllr Gary Taylor 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 pair have since been told this work would cost some £25,000.

This year encampments have taken place at St Nicholas, Manston Tesco, land by the Manston airport site and at Dreamland car park.

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Several clear ups have had to be implemented following encampments, including at Hengist Way and St Nicholas.

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  1. These illegal encampments must cost Thanet thousands in clear-up costs, why don’t they issue instant fines along with the eviction orders so to claw some funds back? If they can send the litter enforcement officers round to the caravans when they fly-tip and dump rubbish all over the place it would give them good reason to move on again.

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