Police notified of Travellers’ group at Government Acre

A Travellers group moved on to Government Acre this afternoon Photo James Brown

A Travellers group has moved on to Government Acre in Ramsgate.

Around ten caravans plus vehicles parked up this afternoon (October 7). Residents say police have been contacted.

The total number of unauthorised camps in Thanet this year is above 40. There have been calls for an authorised camp to be considered for the isle and the idea of Negotiated Stopping – a contract between mobile Travellers and councils that allow the Travellers to camp for up to three months on specified areas of vacant council land – has also been raised.

The Friends, Families and Travellers (FFT) group has called on the Housing Minister to address the national shortage of Gypsy and Traveller sites and available stopping places in the UK. The group’s research shows there has been only been a 2% increase in socially rented pitches available between 2010 and 2017.

The site is owned by Thanet council and officers will need to carry out welfare and vehicle checks before issuing a notice to leave if required.