Faster action on traveller camps in parks and other public land has been demanded.Well, yes! Bang the ‘free dinner’ gong, and don’t be too surprised when the moochers come calling…
Leading Conservatives claim the Greens have “given the green light” for travellers from around the country to descend on Brighton and Hove.
Simon Kirby the MP for Brighton Kemptown, spoke out in a Parliamentary debate yesterday, saying the city council’s new administration had “set a dangerous precedent” in its attitude towards travellers.Something all normal people left in Brighton should heed. If I lived there, I’d be thinking about moving.
The council, which moved on a group of travellers at the Victoria Recreation Ground in Portslade yesterday, claimed there were no more travellers in the city than in previous years.Well, of course it is. Isn’t that all part of the plan?
But Tory councillor Dee Simson said the word was spreading.
Of course, it’s not like there’s a large population of illegal squatters who are about to be thrown out of…
Coun Simson’s stance has been backed by Mr Kirby who yesterday called for stronger police powers to tackle travellers.There’s something to remember the next time they find themselves standing over a ballot box...
He also said statements by the new administration were creating unrest.
He said: “We shall see who is right, when a large group of travellers leaves Essex in the near future. Where will they go?
“To a council that is not sympathetic, or one, by the statements of its senior figures, that appears to be?
“The Greens have set a dangerous precedent by their public attitude and comments and residents are genuinely worried at what may be about to be visited upon them in terms of nuisance and cost.”
A council spokesman said: "There are no more travellers around this year than in previous years, under previous administrations.It’s not ‘media coverage’ that’s giving people that impression of travellers. It’s the travellers themselves, and the mess they leave behind...
“However the more prominent sites occupied and media coverage of travellers is giving people a contrary impression.
“The council has to obey the law in moving travellers on and this often entails undertaking welfare checks before evictions take place.”