Travellers leave Earlswood cricket pitch in Redhill after five days

Travellers leave Earlswood cricket pitch in Redhill after five days

Travellers have begun to leave a cricket pitch in Redhill five days after arriving on June 15.

Around “20 to 30 very big caravans, cars, lorries and trucks” were reported to have moved into Earlswood late on June 15, but were seen leaving on Wednesday afternoon (June 20).

A neighbour said they had seen bailiffs, police and council officers present on the land known as The Ring, off Horley Road, when the travellers were given notice to leave.

They said the situation was “all quite peaceful” and the travellers “are gradually moving out”.

Council officers issued the travellers with a notice to leave

July 2018 has so far seen several unauthorised encampments set up in Guildford, Woking, Compton, Godstone and Redhill, among other places.

On Wednesday, Police and Crime Commissioner David Munro called for transit sites to be built for travellers to prevent further unauthorised encampments in future.

Mr Munro said: “I know the police and local councils have been working hard to take the appropriate action where necessary but the key issue here is the lack of suitable transit sites for GRT communities to access.

Travellers in Surrey

“There are currently no transit sites at all in Surrey and we are increasingly seeing traveller groups setting up unauthorised encampments in the county.

“They are often served with orders by the police or local authority and then move on to another location nearby where the process begins again.

“This needs to change and I will be redoubling my efforts at both a local and national level to push for the introduction of transit sites in Surrey.”

Article courtesy of Get Surrey