Thanet council has issued parking tickets to a Travellers group that has set up in the council-owned car park by Dreamland.
The group arrived today (November 1) with some 10 caravans on site.
Council community officers and police have attended and issued the parking penalties and a Section 77 notice to leave. An application has also been made for a court hearing to gain a removal order.
A Thanet council spokesman said: “We are aware of the Traveller incursion at the Dreamland car park. Our Community Safety officers have visited the site to issue a Section 77 notice, which requires them to leave the land forthwith.
“As the travellers have not complied with the notice, we have applied for a court hearing to request an order for their removal.
“Together with Kent Police, the council’s civil enforcement team, also attended and issued penalty charge notices for all parking contraventions.”
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.
it would pay the council to install a D ram and barrier to monitor who goes in the car park. They are NOT travelers they are trespassers who think the law does not apply to them.
We need a place to live in Thanet, we pay our way ,why are we hated so much.
I don’t think people hate you Patrick! Perhaps a proper site with facilities in Thanet is the way forward?
Patrick. Have you paid to park to your cars and vans, like everyone else?
Maybe something to do with the aggression shown towards members of the public & the horrible mess left behind perhaps?
Travellers are continuing to occupy a sports field in Ramsgate, reportedly threatening people who approach them, leaving rubbish and driving over pitches.
Jackey Baker’s field has been targeted by families breaking down fences to gain access for their caravans and cars for the past three weeks.
The problem has become so bad that a local councillor, who claims his wife was called a “stinking *****” in one confrontation, has said “enough is enough”.
Cllr Stuart Piper spent time clearing up rubbish from one part of the field where piles of waste are building up.
He has had numerous calls from local residents complaining about the travellers, who are allegedly also using woods at the site as a toilet.
Cllr Piper said: “The time has come for action. The public deserve better than this. It’s been going on for two or three weeks and although one particularly aggressive group have been moved on by the police, I would say that overall situation is getting worse.”
He and his wife, Lynda, also a councillor, went to inspect one group last week and say they were met with an tirade of obscenities and aggressive behaviour when they began taking pictures.
They were backed up by local dog walker Graham Hawkins, 73, who said he was driven at as he crossed the field.
“I’m absolutely sick of it. They had the cheek to tell me to get off ‘their’ field. They are leaving rubbish everywhere and local children can’t even use the play areas because of the problems caused by the travellers’ children.”
The reasons you are disliked so much, because some of you are dirty theaving bastard’s, who don’t respect property and leave tons of rubbish
Loved the comment “we pay our way”
Absolute joke. All you do is take take take and cause misery to good law abiding citizens who pay taxes and community charges
WHAT DO YOU PAY?
Not what Thanet needs or wants. Lord help us if we get anymore of these idiots parking up around here.
Irish travellers ripped all the local business of in our area, they seem to think society and the public owe them something, now myself and most other businesses wont deal with anyone with an irish accent, its ashame for the good irish
Patrick – I dispute your claim that you pay your way.
Do you pay the fees for parking your vehicles in council car parks ?
Alternatively, there are plenty of caravan parks that you could use and pay the fees in the same way as other caravaners.
The last time travellers were parked in Dreamland car park, they threw all their carrier bags of rubbish into the bushes rather than into the rubbish bins provided. It is your own antisocial behaviour that causes the animosity.
Exactly, if they enjoy living in filth then great-go somewhere in the country where there is some remote forest people don’t go to, or go & live on some run-down council estate with the unwashed, uneducated trash that mostly inhabit those.
Civilised society don’t dump rubbish everywhere, defecate in public & swear, shout & make threats at people walking on public spaces. If these people acted like decent human beings then there wouldn’t be any real issues with the public.