A Thanet council waste team have spent half a day clearing Jackey Bakers field in Ramsgate following the departure of a Travellers group who had been at the site since May 26.
The group were issued a Section 77 notice to leave on May 30 and quit the site last weekend.
The group, consisting of around 16 vans, set up on the fields after being served a county court Order of Removal to leave the car park by Dreamland on May 25.
A Thanet council spokesman said: “The waste left at Jackey Bakers following the departure of travellers this weekend was cleared on Monday morning by one of our street cleansing and Ramsgate Beach cleaning teams.
“The volume and nature of the waste required us to deploy the full team who then spent half a day cleaning it up.
“This type of clean up job has a knock on effect and impacts on the day to day service we are able to provide to our residents across the district.”
Providing Traveller sites – the law
The Housing Act 2004 and Planning Circular 01/2006, Planning for Gypsy and Traveller Caravan Sites, has put in place a framework which means every local authority has to identify land for the sites that are needed in its area. The Secretary of State has powers that can ensure that those sites are identified, and the Local Government Association (LGA) says local authorities should be proactive in doing so.
The LGA adds: “The provision of these sites removes a major cause of friction between the two communities – unauthorised sites and illegal camping.”
The nearest authorised sites to Thanet are at Aylesham and Canterbury.