A Travellers’ group that moved on to Dane Valley Green this week (November 28) has left the site.
Officers from the council’s Community Safety team went to inspect the site on Wednesday and counted 4 caravans and a number of vehicles. They then served a S77 notice requiring them to leave the site by today (December 1).
A site clear up will now take place.
In June ward councillors Hillman and 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 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.
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.
There have been some 84 illegal encampments in Thanet this year, the majority of these being Traveller camps, compared to just two in 2014.