Travellers set up camp again on Tooting Common

Wandsworth Guardian: The travellers this afternoon The travellers this afternoon

Travellers have set up camp on Tooting Common.

The group, who appeared today near Bedford Road, have been told to leave within 24 hours or face prosecution and having their vehicles towed away.

The common is visited by travellers each year however camping overnight on the common, without council permission, is a criminal offence.

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Environment spokesman Councillor Jonathan Cook said: “Local people can rest assured that we are taking active steps to quickly remove this group from the common.

“By acting so speedily we have reduced the likelihood of this camp getting any bigger and also ensured that this group will depart before the common and its facilities run the risk of suffering any long-term damage."

The council has a designated traveller site in Trewint Street, Earlsfield.

Residents who witness any incident involving travellers on council-owned land are being urged to contact the town hall's emergency response team on 0208 871 6900. This is a 24 hour service. 

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5:40pm Wed 11 Jun 14

alroutemaster says...

Why give them 24 hours, Hitler wouldn't......
Why give them 24 hours, Hitler wouldn't...... alroutemaster
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1:50pm Thu 12 Jun 14

chesty36 says...

Why have the council done nothing to prevent this happening? Nevermind removing them once they're there - put measures in place to stop it happening to begin with. The "look" of the common can be maintained with natural defences if only they were willing to invest the thought and time. It might cost, but it has to be cheaper than constantly threatening forced removal. Wandsworth Council are running out of excuses.
Why have the council done nothing to prevent this happening? Nevermind removing them once they're there - put measures in place to stop it happening to begin with. The "look" of the common can be maintained with natural defences if only they were willing to invest the thought and time. It might cost, but it has to be cheaper than constantly threatening forced removal. Wandsworth Council are running out of excuses. chesty36
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