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Gypsies Expected To Leave After Talent Contest Finishes

Published on: 8 Jul, 2016
Updated on: 10 Jul, 2016
Gypsy Group on Banisters Field, by Tesco on Egerton Road.

Gypsy Group on Bannisters Field, by Tesco on Egerton Road

A group of Gypsies, who have occupied a field a Bannisters by Tesco on Egerton Road, have been served a “Section 77” direction to leave.

It is not known if group is the same one who occupied the field in September 2013 but it is understood that they are here because Surrey Heath (Camberley) are hosting a national “Britain’s Got Gypsy Talent” contest on July 9″.

It has been reported that they have already been moved on from Compton, Worplesdon and Woking before accessing Bannisters Field.

The expectation is that the group will leave on Sunday after the talent contest.

According to the Surrey County Council website: “… a Section 77 Notice allows a council to require the encampers to leave, although any council serving such a notice does have a legal obligation to make humanitarian enquiries and to take account of consideration of common humanity. All decisions by public bodies must be ‘proportionate’ and accord with the Human Rights Act.”

It has not been confirmed if Guildford Borough Council has agreed to provide facilities for the disposal of rubbish but one reader has contacted The Guildford Dragon to say that waste has been seen thrown into surrounding bushes.

Councils are responsible for providing permanent and temporary pitches for Gypsies and Travellers but Guildford Borough Council has found it difficult to identify appropriate sites. Any potential site normally attracts objections from local residents during the planning process.

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Responses to Gypsies Expected To Leave After Talent Contest Finishes

  1. Peta Malthouse Reply

    July 9, 2016 at 12:32 pm

    Perhaps Surrey Heath would like to join in with meeting the cost. Travellers travel. This was likely to happen.

  2. Paul Bishop Reply

    July 11, 2016 at 8:55 pm

    The mess they left in of a field in Worplesdon is appalling. The council need to get it cleaned up asap and back to how it was before the Travellers moved in to destroy it.

  3. Martin Elliott Reply

    July 11, 2016 at 9:50 pm

    We are being bombarded by Surrey County Council with publicity about the illegality of fly tipping and on the spot fines.

    Since the councils are serving notices, how come these Travellers can leave these sites with piles of rubbish and worse and not be fined when found at the next site?

  4. Bernard Parke Reply

    July 12, 2016 at 11:49 am

    It would be interesting to know how much these incursions have cost council tax payers.

    I know that at Bannisters alone considerable damage was caused.

    Bollards were ripped out and the security gate was forced open.

    It also took a gang of workers to remove the offending matter.

    How long before we can expect a further visitation?

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